Amen by Howie Good

We visited a church where a statue of the Virgin Mary reportedly opened her eyes 125 years ago, and another where the lame who regained the ability to walk left their crutches. Around the corner, unlicensed street peddlers sold religious relics – saint medals, plastic rosary beads, splinters of wood from Jesus’s cross – for the equivalent of about $10 (Canadian) apiece. Not a single child of God objected. So, yeah, Marilyn Manson cut his hand open on a beer bottle and for the rest of the show threw his blood at the audience and decorated his face with it.

Howie Good

Howie Good is the recipient of the 2015 Press Americana Prize for Poetry for his collection “Dangerous Acts Starring Unstable Elements”.


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