Pachinko Mouth by Michael Gushue
Some of My Favorite Lines from Michael Gushue's poetry chapbook Pachinko MouthI wake at night knowing my life is turtles all the way down. A knock-knock joke, a poem, and your bankruptcy walk into a bar. I hum Neil Young songs to myself all night Saturday and wish, just wish, some drunk alderman would try and tip me over. Outside of you is nothing but objects. We moved to the beach to get away from everything that wasn't the beach. By then our father was a hollow reed. If you held him up to your ear, there was the sea's weak plea for help. What is incomprehensible about the world is that we comprehend it. If you're in a cornfield, something bad is going to happen to you. Prosperity favors the prudent and tidy farmer but make sure you use sunblock. Language is a blunt instrument.
-from a quasi-review by C L Bledsoe
Michael Gushue runs the nanopress Beothuk Books. He is the co-founder with Dan Vera of Poetry Mutual and Poetry Mutual Press. He co-curates the intermittent reading series Poetry At The Watergate with Deborah Ager. His work appears online (for example: Anamolous 8, Truck, Beltway Poetry Quarterly) and in print (for example: Indiana Review, Hotel Amerika, Third Coast, Gargoyle). His chapbooks are “Gathering Down Women,” “Conrad," (Souvenir Spoon Books) and "Pachinko Mouth” (from Plan B Press). A revised edition of Gathering Down Women will be published in 2017. He lives in the Brookland neighborhood of Washington, D.C. on a quarter acre of uncultivated land.