Howie Good: Muse

In Contest, Finalists - 2011, Poetry on November 18, 2011 at 5:02 pm

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 Dagger from Right Hand Pointing. As far as my poetic aspirations go, I try to convey in my poems not so much what happened as how what happened feels.
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Know the Poet:

GSLR: Favorite poet(s) –
Charles Simic, Jack Gilbert, Heather Steliga

GSLR: The last book of poetry you enjoyed –
Edward Hirsch ‘s “Special Orders”

GSLR: Themes you usually write about –
Love and death

GSLR: If you didn’t write poetry you would…
Write cultural studies

GSLR: 2 poems your enjoyed reading in GSLR –
Eric Parkison’s “Country Song”
Helen Vitoria’a “bossa nova in which I bleed”


Muse – Howie Good

I used to imagine you
as the sound of falling water,
then I woke up one morning
with someone else’s
heart breaking in my chest.
I couldn’t bear to look
when the colonel cried, “Bayonets!”
and men without an eye
or nose or arm or leg charged.
I knelt down and drank
from the dog’s bowl
just to have something
to write about.

Howie Good’s Muse is the Golden Sparrow Poetry Prize Finalist 2011. ‘Muse’ has been nominated for the Best of the Net in 2012 (Sundress Publication) by our editors.


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