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by Howie Good

I answered the door in my undies. “Oh, are you going to a costume party?” the man standing in the doorway asked. My wife was sobbing uncontrollably just behind him. I know some people must be wondering what’s wrong with me. Well, that’s typical post-concussive symptoms there, buddy. I lost my TV, my bicycle, clothes. One friend walked out into traffic to learn if the cars were real. Another put a shotgun to her chest. I was like, “Is that a gunshot? No, it can’t be a gunshot.” You have to study everything to be able to explain it.


Howie Good is the author of The Loser’s Guide to Street Fighting, winner of the 2017 Lorien Prize from Thoughtcrime Press, and Dangerous Acts Starring Unstable Elements, winner of the 2015 Press Americana Prize for Poetry.

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