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Howie Good

A Matter of Preference

Wouldn’t you rather
we walk down

the avenues of rain
trading verses from Poe

like black roses
and only take

our best memories
with us and the small

dolphin tattoo
on the back of your neck

wouldn’t you rather
the government

forgot our faces
our names and when

we’re faraway
and finally beyond

the boom of waves
wouldn’t you rather

I put my hand
in the flame

between your legs
well I would

©2009 by Howie Good

Howie Good, a journalism professor at the State University of New York at New Paltz, is the author of six poetry chapbooks, including most recently Tomorrowland (2008) from Achilles Chapbooks. He has been nominated three times for a Pushcart Prize and twice for the Best of the Net anthology.

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