Charlie Chan in the Twenty-First Century
The blood of some small crushed animal stipples the road. You quote Charlie Chan: "Nut easy to crack often empty." The flag is flying at half-mast outside the post office. You don't know either who has died. I think of opening a dossier on myself so I can find out what I'm doing. "At night," you quote, "all cats are black." The skeleton in the window of the medical supply is wearing only one shoe. There was a time in my life when this would have been funny.
Howie Good, a journalism professor at SUNY New Paltz, is the author of the new poetry collection, Dreaming in Red, from Right Hand Pointing. All proceeds from the sale of the book go to a crisis center, which you can read about here: https://sites.google.com/site/rhplanding/howie-good-dreaming-in-red. He is also the author of numerous chapbooks, including most recently The Devil's Fuzzy Slippers from Flutter Press.