Fall 2014, Volume 17

Poetry by Howie Good

Utopia or Bust

The girls were just beginning to leaf out, the orange sunshine often mistaken at this distance for enlightenment. Whenever I think about them now, or about Cold War era cars with breasts and fins, the century feels a lot longer than a hundred years. There will never be silence. A woman has been wrapped in a Torah scroll and set ablaze, part of the initiation for genuine bad asses, and if it works, the words fly up into the air and bear toward you with that sort of radiant radioactive look and grab you like barbed wire by the hand.






Howie Good's latest book of poetry is
The Complete Absence of Twilight (2014) from MadHat Press. He co-edits White Knuckle Press with Dale Wisely, who does most of the real work.