Poetry. Cross a waterfall with a cave, and you get the poetry of John Goode. His poems occupy a turbulent landscape, ghosted with shadows, full of movement. They are dangerous, craggy, sensuous, and vulnerable. The cascade of his surreal images and wild juxtapositions are disorienting in the best possible way. Somewhere between post modernism and mystic realism, his rapid fire similes weave neon tapestries of urban social decay and heartbreak covering a dark wit and social commentary. One of the best of a new generation.
John Goode is a multiple Pushcart Prize nominee. His books include GRADUATING FROM ETERNITY and BEAUTY AND THE UNREQUITED LANDSCAPE published by Rain Mountain Press in 2013 and 2019. His poems have appeared in a variety of journals including, Rattle, Skidrow Penthouse, LIT, Mudfish, Slipstream, Axe Factory Review, Bottle of Smoke Press, Afterhours, Waiting for the Bus, and Arsenic Lobster, among others. He was first runner up for the Neil Postman Award for Metaphor from Rattle. He lives and works in Chicago, where he has collaborated and performed with various musicians such as Grazyna Auguscick and Tim Haldeman on the albums "Man Behind the Sun" and "Open Water as a Child (for the Flint Michigan water crisis), and at venues such as The Chopin Theater, Sleeping Village, and The Museum of Contemporary Art.