Dark Tourism

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The market was full of blood.
There are people who are attracted
to the places where bad things
have happened. I was in despair,
deep despair, my arms outstretched
in the manner of Goya’s peasant
before the firing squad. Don’t worry,
someone said, sugar can help
if you have problems with shaking
or trembling. I don’t know that
I have time for that. One person
dies in a war every hundred seconds.

Read More:
Suicide Bombing in Somalia Kills Dozens at a Market [New York Times]
A Murder A Minute [CBS]
Dirge of the Dying Year [Poets Reading the News]

Howie Good, a journalism professor at SUNY New Paltz, is the author of more than two dozen chapbooks and several full-length poetry collections. His poetry has been honored with nomination for the Pushcart Prize and the Best of Net anthology multiple times. He co-edits White Knuckle Press with Dale Wisely.