Assemblage of Damaged Goods

Howie Good



There was sea.

There were rocks.

I used to fish.


All there are today

are 185 empty chairs.


Have you seen Betty?

She has disappeared.

She has big boobs.

They’re beautiful shapes.



I’m so lucky

I talk a lot.


Sex is also

a great form

of exercise.


And it doesn’t

require a lot

of knowledge.



Now I’m the one

behind the window.

The walls are covered

with pictures of Jesus.

This is being offered

as evidence. This is

supposed to be proof.



God, I was stupid.

But here's what I think about it now:

the earth protects, man destroys.



Howie Good is the author of Dangerous Acts Starring Unstable Elements, and winner of the 2015 Press Americana Prize for Poetry. His most recent books include A Ghost Sings, a Door Opens from Another New Calligraphy and Robots vs. Kung Fu from AngelHouse Press. He co-edits White Knuckle Press with Dale Wisely.