“Lost Jacket Blues” by Howie Good

Howie Good

The last time I saw it
it was stepping off

the curb between
two parked cars

in Cleveland,
its pockets empty

but for her hands,

its top button loose
and dangling

like the head
of a hanged Nazi,

though others swear
they’ve since

seen it from behind
and in the somber

company of rain,
notwithstanding which

I miss it, sometimes.


Howie Good, a journalism professor at the State University of New York at New Paltz, is the author of five poetry chapbooks, Death of the Frog Prince (2004), Heartland (2007), and Apocalypse Mambo (forthcoming) from FootHills Publishing, Strangers & Angels (2007) from Scintillating Publications, and the e-book, Police & Questions, (forthcoming) from Right Hand Pointing.

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