The Secret Policemen's Ball

Ever since logic fell into disuse,
I wake up every morning

in the same room but a different city,
the buildings a bright blur,

like something out of a secret policeman’s
florid conception of heaven,

a place where millions
anxiously spy on each other

from between their fingers
and all you can hear is

the yapping of small dogs.

Howie Good is a journalism professor at the State University of New York at New Paltz. He is the author of seven poetry collections, including Tomorrowland (2008) from Achilles Chapbooks in print and The Torturer’s Horse (2009) from Recycled Karma Press online. He has been nominated three times for a Pushcart Prize and twice for the Best of the Net anthology.