Me Being Me 

There’s bad shit going on. An unexploded rocket sticking out of a field. Wildfires capable of
creating their own weather. Supply chain problems. Often one has to make things into oneself in
order to have or see them. Just ask meth cooks what that means. Meanwhile, the ground is wet
with rain, and yet a book is lying there dry. I pick it up. It’s called Closer to the Light, about the
near-death experiences of children. The universe instantly seems smaller, almost claustrophobic. I would construct a bigger universe if I could and insist that there be an “e” in lightning.

Howie Good's latest poetry book is The Horse Were Beautiful (2022),  available from Grey Book Press. Redhawk Publications is publishing his collection, Swimming in Oblivion: New and Selected Poems, later this year.