Saturday, September 1, 2018

Anthrobscene by Howie Good

A young black woman
in a Red Sox t-shirt
was writhing on the sidewalk,
her right leg splayed
at a gruesome angle,
her face contorted with pain.

Huddled over her
were five or six friends
whose idea of help
was to just keep repeating,
“C’mon! Stand up!”

People say we’re living
in a golden age,
but I shake my head at that,
and if I were you,
I wouldn’t put too much faith
in God or man or robot bees.

Howie Good is the author of The Loser's Guide to Street Fighting, winner of the 2017 Lorien Prize. His latest collection is I'm Not a Robot from Tolsun Books. He co-edits the journals UnLost and Unbroken with Dale Wisely.

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