the poetry that matters

Howie Good

Howie Good, a journalism professor at the State University of New York at New Paltz, is the author of six poetry chapbooks, including Tomorrowland (2008) from Achilles Chapbooks. His first book-length poetry collection, Lovesick, was recently accepted for publication by Press Americana. He has been nominated three times for a Pushcart Prize and twice for the Best of the Net anthology.


What’s with the defeatist attitude?
So you found a torn-off wing

stuck under your windshield wiper.
How many birds do you think

visit major American cities each year?
At least you weren’t beaten

by the drunks in the bleachers
for wearing your funeral suit.

Then you would’ve hardly heard
the singing or seen the line of refugees

from the famine. I’m telling you,
Relax. The candlelight we’re carrying

between us like a sheet of glass
is the very light we need.

And if the German wolf pack
happens to return to prowl

the sea lanes, we can always wave
goodbye to them with the other hand.


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