Howie Good



No new beginning,
no clean ending,
I just drag myself along,
a sad raincoat missing
most of its buttons,
my cathedral miles away
and the workers
still fixing the roof.

Inspired by the letters of Joan Mitchell as quoted in Joan Mitchell: Lady Painter by Patricia Albers (Knopf, 2011).


Its so Sunday afternoon
a little Beethoven

and barges with fat asses
and, if were lucky, ants.

The queens have wings.


You ask why I count
the number of pills in the bottle,

or tear up the tulips,
or kick back to the surface.

Well, hell,

every poem is a blue fiasco
teeming with wild birds.

Copyright 2011 Howie Good


Howie Good, a journalism professor at SUNY New Paltz, is the author of the full-length poetry collections Lovesick (Press Americana, 2009), Heart With a Dirty Windshield (BeWrite Books, 2010), and Everything Reminds Me of Me (Desperanto, 2011), as well as numerous print and digital poetry chapbooks, including most recently Love in a Time of Paranoia from Diamond Point Press.