Sunday, July 30, 2017

These Strange Times


The next entry in the 2016/2017 Season is Hitchhiking Through the Apocalypse by Howie Good. 

Surely the poems in this chapbook were written before the presidential election last Fall (considering the election took place during the two-week submission period).  But I remember reflecting on that while reading these poems for the first time . . . as well as, not to get too political, but also the Hellscape in which we might find ourselves now.  It seems so familiar . . . for better or worse.  The world of Howie’s poems is at once tragic and humorous and surreal, wrapped in a dissection of consumerism, pop culture, and the very fabric of our society.  Dystopia has never been so fun!

from “The Hotel of Forgotten Artists”

“There’s no one at the reception desk to welcome you. There never is. Only you don’t realize that. How could you? And so you wait. You wait and wait, and while you wait, your clothes, your manner, your worldview go out of fashion. Only you don’t realize that either.”

Hitchhiking joins the other great chapbooks from the 2016/2017 Season.  Get it, or CATCH THEM ALL!

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