The harder I stare at the man with the toothbrush moustache, the older he gets. I think about mentioning something about it to someone. Instead, you turn and ask me, “What’s exploding head syndrome?” as if you didn’t already know. A change of weather begins creeping in at the corners and seems to encourage selfies. The man lifts his phone. I suddenly realize he has no memory of the land having once been ocean. Everywhere I go these days I encounter strange little details that are almost like clues that it’s spring.
Howie Good, a journalism professor at SUNY New Paltz, is the author of several poetry collections, including most recently Beautiful Decay and The Cruel Radiance of What Is from Another New Calligraphy andFugitive Pieces from Right Hand Pointing Press. He co-edits White Knuckle Press with Dale Wisely.