Journalism In Verse


Dirge of the Dying Year

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Now what do we do? There is just
too much in the workings of the world
that is hidden and unknowable, even
by a person with an education. And that
person was standing where the shots
began to rain into the limousine. We are
living in a boisterous age. Stare, pry,
eavesdrop, a little like a detective.
It is about time. You are not here long.
Velocity is advancing everywhere,
the walls covered in flames and the flames
behaving in ways no one thought possible.

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Howie Good is the author of Dangerous Acts Starring Unstable Elements, winner of the 2015 Press Americana Prize for Poetry. His other books include A Ghost Sings, a Door Opens from Another New Calligraphy and Robots vs. Kung Fu from AngelHouse Press (both 2016).

Image depicts marchers from the Imbolc Celtic Fire Festival, which marks the end of winter.

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