SELF-PORTRAIT by Howie Good.


1
Bless the suicides
who live short lives
of appalling cold.
And bless me.
I drink heavily enough
to be a poet.

2
Words yell and sigh
like wild boys of twelve
racing on ten-speeds
into the vast,
monotonous sunlight
bordered by green.

3
Back from the country of the dead
with a chest-length rabbinical beard
and purplish bruises
where the eyes should be.
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 Inspired Remnants from Red Ceilings Press and The Penalty for Trying from Ten Pages Press.

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