Once again, we here at Unsettling Wonder are pleased to offer you mythic arts with a twist of grapefruit. By popular demand, Johnny Wink’s poetry collection Seven Ways to Prune a Grapefruit is now available in paperback.
If you’re one of the lucky ones who’s had Johnny Wink as a teacher, you’re probably already buying your copy.
And if you delight in strange and strangely beautiful things, in the sound and colour of words, in the voices of poets who ‘learn in sadness what they teach in song’—then you must buy this book.
But, don’t take my word for it:
There’s simply nobody else who can write this way, who can slip sideways out of the stream of expectations and take you to the thing itself. Johnny Wink’s best poems get at something no one else knows how to get at. The world cannot help but bet a better one with these poems preserved in it.
—Professor Jack Butler, author of Living in Little Rock with Miss Little Rock
Many truly great poets have written poems, even whole volumes, which have less capacity for wonder and delight than the work of Johnny Wink. Individually, the poems may seem strange and frivolous; however, their wisdom is through sadness, and their levity is hard-won. I hope you enjoy this collection by an undeservedly obscure poet and will read it with all the wonder, laughter, and somber smiles that I am certain went into its writing.
—From the introduction by Joshua Richards