Howie Good has a number of poetry collections forthcoming, including The Middle of Nowhere from Olivia Eden Publishing and Echo’s Bones from Redbird Chapbooks. But he’d probably rather be known for his skill on the ukulele.
The Poet’s Process:
“The Cruel Radiance of What Is” is part of a series of 20 experimental poems created from collaging phrases found in an array of printed texts, including public signs, directions for use on household items, indexes of first lined in poetry books, song titles, titles of paintings, and so on. I pieced together “The Cruel Radiance of What Is” from quotes attributed to photographer Walker Evans and photo editor M.F. Agha in Belinda Rathbone’s Walker Evans: A Biography (1995). The quotes as used bear no relation to the context in which they originally appeared.