journalism in verse


Celebrity Death

in Obituaries by

Walking down streets crowded
with gray and faceless men,

I’m looking for a man I wouldn’t
recognize. The medical examiner

determined the cause of his death
to be suicide by hanging. I think

language is a perfectly reasonable
thing to call it. And then a double-

decker tour bus pulls up, and everyone
starts taking photos and clapping.


Read More:
Death of Chris Cornell, Powerhouse Voice of Soundgarden, Ruled a Suicide [NPR]
When death is a trending topic: social media mourning runs from shallow to deep [Salon]

Howie Good, a journalism professor at SUNY New Paltz, is the author of The Loser’s Guide to Street Fighting, winner of the 2017 Lorien Prize from ThoughtCrime Press, and Dangerous Acts Starring Unstable Elements, winner of the 2015 Press Americana Prize for Poetry.

Image courtesy of Soundgarden.

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