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Friday, April 16, 2010


by Howie Good

I love you, America, your big sunglasses,
your grisly experiments with dogs,

the silence of your empty offices at night,
your trees like the bars on windows.

I love your unguarded coughs, too,

your presumption in naming babies
for cities all over the world.

Oh, I love you, America,
and your half-smile, half-smirk

when I say it.

Howie Good, a journalism professor at the State University of New York at New Paltz, is the author of 18 print and digital poetry chapbooks and the full-length collection of poetry, Lovesick (2009). His second full-length collection, Heart With a Dirty Windshield, will be published by BeWrite Books.