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Tuesday, November 08, 2022


by Howie Good

We shout for help, but the music from a passing car is so loud our shouts are drowned out. I punch in the emergency number stored on my phone and after listening to interminable ringing get a fuzzy pre-recorded message: “All our representatives are resisting” – assisting? – “other customers at this time.” And people wonder why the Wampanoag, the tribe that taught the Pilgrims how to survive their first winter in Plymouth, still regret it 400 years later. I fear for my country. Bodies are lying here and there and walking through dark forests. 

Howie Good's latest poetry book is The Horses Were Beautiful (2022), available from Grey Book Press. Redhawk Publications is publishing his collection Swimming in Oblivion: New and Selected Poems later this year.