My disillusionment with the political process has deepened as I have seen how utterly ineffective our so-called "leaders" have been in addressing the economic suffering engulfing the country. I haven't been downsized or dispossessed, but life seems more anxious and uncertain than ever before.
HOW HAS YOUR GREAT RECESSION EXPERIENCE AFFECTED YOUR POETRY?
My poetry has always had a political dimension. That dimension has become more pronounced in the past few years. It's included starting cur.ren.cy, a digital zine, with Dale Wisely and F. John Sharp, that publishes poetry and short prose about the current hard times.
PLEASE SHARE A POEM(S) ADDRESSING YOUR GREAT RECESSION EXPERIENCE:
LOVE DURING THE GREAT RECESSION
Everybody I know says the same thing,
We don’t make anything in this country anymore.
They say our politics are broken.
They say the Dream is finished, it’s dead.
I requested you in lieu of flowers.
ABOUT THE POET:
Howie Good, a journalism professor at SUNY New Paltz, is the author of the new poetry collection, Dreaming in Red, from Right Hand Pointing. All proceeds from the sale of the book go to a crisis center, which you can read about here: https://sites.google.com/site/rhplanding/howie-good-dreaming-in-red