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Howie Good

Turning Japanese

We were born into an idiotic age,
given only clichés to speak growing up,
warned not to change the words around
or otherwise stray from the script,
and we meekly obeyed, but today
a bird in the pine outside our window
piped a string of discordant notes
once, twice, three times, waking me
just before light with its haiku.

Howie Good dislikes author bios.



Howie Good

Notes on Punctuation

Consider the period the smaller
of the cannonballs Galileo dropped

from the Tower of Pisa; the comma,
the lolling tongue of a dog; the colon,

the top two buttons left unbuttoned
on her filmy blouse; the semicolon,

an open fly; the exclamation point,
the one-finger salute or a bald man

doing a headstand; the question mark,
an exclamation point bent over with age.

Howie Good is the author most recently of The Death Row Shuffle (Finishing Line Press), The Trouble with Being Born (Ethel Micro Press), and Gunmetal Sky (Thirty West Publishing).



Howie Good


I am writing
at the kitchen table,
or, rather,
struggling to,
when my wife
excitedly calls me
to the window

and points down
into the yard
where a doe
with a coat
just a shade
from golden
is browsing

on fallen leaves
that if it wasn’t
for the hours
I spend trying
to make poems,
I would have
burned long ago.

Howie Good‘s full-length poetry collection, Gun Metal Sky, is due in early 2021 from Thirty West Publishing.



Howie Good

Mr. Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun

The sun eavesdrops
at the bedroom window,
a little like a detective,
as we move in ways
no one who has seen us
in our everyday clothes
would have thought possible.

Howie Good‘s full-length poetry collection, Gun Metal Sky, is due in early 2021 from Thirty West Publishing.



Howie Good

Head Hearts Hands

And this is how
democracy dies –
leisurely, with head
and hand making
wishful gestures
while the heart
continues frozen inside.

Howie Good is the author of THE DEATH ROW SHUFFLE, a poetry collection forthcoming from Finishing Line Press.


Howie Good

Birds of a Feather

The same blue jay
returns throughout the morning
to the empty feeder,

Howard Hughes
watching his favorite movie,
Ice Station Zebra,*
over and over
for years on end.

*43% on Rotten Tomatoes

Howie Good is only rarely this whimsical.


Howie Good

Famous on Facebook

So many brilliant friends (1,306)
all shouting at the same time,

some confessing, others arguing
or bragging or retelling jokes,

until I think I should, maybe,
just give up trying to be heard

above the rumble-bumble and
go back to what I once knew best,

a quiet that was old and steady
and tightly woven like a poem.

Howie Good is the author most recently of Stick Figure Opera: 99 100-word Prose Poems from Cajun Mutt Press.

Howie Good


Love everything that lives
and be fair to all the parts
and do not have a hierarchy,

but should the uniforms come
for you under cover of night
eager to convey you into smoke,

resolve to become like the drunks
who, when sufficiently enraged,
can just shrug off the paralyzing effects

of being tasered, or like the wind
that dies one moment only to return
the next as poems and explosions.

Howie Good is the author of most recently of Stick Figure Opera from Cajun Mutt Press.