The relationship among spatially dislocated but simultaneous events is difficult for a lay person like me to fathom. Einstein, in illustrating the relativity of simultaneity, presumed that one observer was sitting midway on a speeding train and another was standing on a platform as the train moved past. Other physicists have since added exotic details to Einstein’s illustration, such as muzzle flashes momentarily lighting up the inside of the cars. There is no mention anywhere, though, of a shooter or even of an investigator, notebook in hand, later walking the length of the train counting the bullet holes.
What is the significance of this work to you?
The pieces are attempts to transmute difficult emotions and experiences into something more inhabitable.
What is the significance of the form you chose for this work?
Prose poetry is a liminal form. As such, there are fewer expectations about what can be expressed in it and how it can be expressed. I find that exhilarating.
What was your process for creating this work?
Each piece went through numerous drafts. Writing for me is essentially rewriting.
Howie Good's latest full-length poetry collection, Gun Metal Sky, is due in early 2021 from Thirty West Publishing.