Journalism In Verse

The Worst

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Bureaucracy, weather, roads just get worse and worse.
How can a woman out in the street in her pajamas
seeking assistance from police be shot like that?

None of it makes sense. For us it’s more wonderment
than anger. We’re a lot of people crammed into a small space.
The promise of “never again” has proven hard to keep.

I’ve had two years of absolute violation of my right
to peace and quiet. We’re trained for Armageddon.
We’re trained for the worst. It’s such an odd shape.


Australians Shocked by U.S. Killing: ‘It Would Have Never Happened Here’ [The New York Times]
Minneapolis police shot an unarmed woman in her pajamas. It took days to get an explanation. [Vox]

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.

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