In Hitchhiking Beatitudes, McInnis gathers the strange and dangerous jewell-pieces from a North American sojourn for the new century. But this journey is not linear, nor is it rooted in traditional notions of geography, time, or meaning. Rather this visionary collection celebrates the hallucinatory, spasmodic fruition of the western psyche awakening in its ontological seizure. In McInnis we hear the godson of the French Symbolists and the American Beats now chanting in the psychic bounty of the desert, the imagined land. This mad and angelic volume offers us an opening to the ultimate journey: the thousand pathways toward ecstasy. — George Eklund, Professor Emeritus, Morehead State University
Excerpts from Hitchhiking Beatitudes
We did a last line of crystal meth before my friend dropped me off outside of Escondido. No one will pick you up if they don’t know where you’re going, he said.
I ate granola and apples and slept in wooded interchanges, menaced by mosquitoes, aware of the sky.
Utah was like driving on the moon, she said. New Zealand, where she was from, was like driving on another planet. She had traveled much further than me. I had yet to leave the stratosphere.
The state trooper said what are you doing on my fucking interstate. Thundering trucks, lit like alien Christmas trees, barreled out of the darkness.
In Newfoundland, to appease the rocks and rivers, to placate the trees and lichen, to honor the stars screaming across the sky, I stripped and came on the stomach of the earth.
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Michael McInnis lives in Boston and served six years in the Navy chasing white whales and Soviet submarines. He was the founder of the Primal Plunge, Boston’s first and only bookstore dedicated to zine and underground culture and small press literature. When he is not writing, Michael spends his time making furniture and composing ambient soundtrack music. His poetry and short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Chiron Review, The Commonline Journal, Cream City Review, Naugatuck Review, One-Sentence Poems, Oxford Magazine, White Knuckle Press and Yellow Chair Review to name a few.
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Cover photograph from the collection of Lauren Leja
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