Howie Good


If I could, Id take the metro to Uketopia
and never leave, ever,
and though you dont play,
youd be able to visit,

bringing replacement batteries for my tuner
and a bottle and the unsurprising news
that Ive been overlooked again
for a lifetime achievement award,

and wed finish talking (and drinking)
and then make spacious love,
the sun shining everywhere
for at least a few minutes
with the power of thousands of golden ukuleles.

Dear Professor,

I have been feeling dizzy and lightheaded this morning
and want to let you know
that I will not be making it to class.

I am currently in bed with a migraine.
Unfortunately, they happen from time to time.

I'm really not feeling well again today
so I think I have to miss class again.

I'm in a class right now where I'll be taking a test,
but I've been sick for a while (coughing, throat,
headache, etc.) and don't know if I'll have the energy
to sit in a classroom for three hours.

I'm currently experiencing bad wheelchair problems
that will, as of now, render me unable to get to class tomorrow.

Just reminding you that I am missing class Thursday
to attend the SUNY Model EU summit
in New York City as a part of the Press Corps.

I had to miss today's journalism class due to heart palpitations.

Please excuse my absence tomorrow,
a family friend committed suicide and I rushed home.

I will get the notes from a classmate.

Source: E-mails received from students during spring and fall 2013 semesters at SUNY New Paltz.


Bang! Bang!

We were waiting in line to see who had cupped the hump of the hunchback with tenderness. I believed at the time that everything was interesting. Its why I always carried around so much shit in my pockets. Someone we met while standing there was advising others not to be afraid to shoot through a door or wall. I had forgotten about it until one day recently. The sound of a shell being jacked into the chamber said, Come out, come out.

Copyright  Howie Good 2013


Howie Good, a journalism professor at SUNY New Paltz, is the author of the forthcoming poetry collection The Middle of Nowhere (Olivia Eden Publishing) and the forthcoming poetry chapbooks The Complete Absence of Twilight (Mad Hat Press), Echo's Bones and Danger Falling Debris (Red Bird Chapbooks), and An Armed Man Lurks in Ambush (unbound CONTENT). He co-edits White Knuckle Press with Dale Wisely.