By Howie Good
I don’t know where I am. I just know it’s totally different from before, when you could get killed for a pair of sneakers. Jose became a named storm on Tuesday. Some people were trembling. They wanted to call it something else. I looked over and said, “Do you realize how dangerous that is?” Only one or two seemed interested. The others were all practitioners of the new brutality, a lot of gushing blood, gurgling almost. A bear actually came lumbering down the street. None of us even stirred. After all we’d been through, it seemed irrelevant to our circumstances.
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 for Poetry from Thoughtcrime Press. He co-edits White Knuckle Press with Dale Wisely.