Joshua Unikel has been writing on cremation, rifles, the electric chair, and the atomic bomb.
Appearing in the latest [PANK], Unikel’s “Holy Smoke” is a prose-and-verse hybrid that explores a website where a loved one’s cremains can be sent to be turned into bullets, shotgun shells, or canon rounds. “It’s one of the most disturbing and oddly evocative forms of human burial I’ve ever heard of,” Unikel said. “The whole bizarre phenomenon stayed with me, and I knew I had to research it further and write an essay.”
Using a similar hybrid form, Unikel published “Old Thunderbolt” in the most recent issue of Sonora Review. Unikel’s lyric essay examines the only electric chair ever used in the state of Ohio. Old Thunderbolt’ juxtaposes meteorological information about thunder and lightning with prose poems about the infamous electric chair.