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.