the ninth muse

Clio rises to receive the verdict,

the jurors in the jury box sway

trying to distract our attention,

the easy way she stands, hand on hip,

her whole body seems to smile,

festooned in roadkill red

amid the hymn-like hum of foraging flies.

Howie Good, a journalism professor at SUNY New Paltz, is the author of the forthcoming poetry collection The Middle of Nowhere (Olivia Eden Publishing) and the forthcoming poetry chapbooks The Complete Absence of Twilight (Mad Hat Press), Echo’s Bones and Danger Falling Debris (Red Bird Chapbooks), and An Armed Man Lurks in Ambush (unbound CONTENT).With the indefatigable Dale Wisely, he co-edits White Knuckle Press, a publisher of digital chapbooks.