Discovering America by Howie Good

The  giants  of  modernism  have  begun  to show  their  age.  “Like  us  on  Facebook,”  one  of  them practically begs. Another is having difficulty remembering various euphemisms for being drunk – soused, plastered, looped, shit­faced, polluted, bombed. . . . All the land around them now belongs to  the storms  that  lash  the sea. The shopping  gods  have  also apparently  turned  against  them. I could tell you more about their secret anxieties if you and I ever actually meet in person. On the History Channel, meanwhile, the Vikings are discovering America. But even with the sound turned up, what it means remains unsuspected.


Howie Good, a journalism professor at SUNY New Paltz, is the author of the forthcoming poetry collection The Middle of Nowhere (Olivia Eden Publishing). He co-edits White Knuckle Press with Dale Wisely.


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