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Poetry

Ace Boggess

By September 18th, 2020 No Comments

“What Makes You Happy?”

—Facebook info box

 

Talk, please. My anxieties
from childhood left me
weak at speaking. Tell me
love, death, & bruises.
Share your broken marriages,
nights like a singularity
swallowing suns
you spent in motels
no one knows by name.
Small to big, weather
to the weight of being—
give me more: whispers
around laughter, whatever’s
said in sleep tongue.
I’m insatiable for conversation
when I have none
like the sex addict who can’t get off,
dope fiend who can’t recall
why he ever loved the feel
of dying—it’s touching God,
he says, then pulling back:
how I’d describe this
dialogue across a table
at some dimly-lit café
in a city many miles
from where we are.

 

 

 

 

Ace Boggess is author of four books of poetry, most recently I Have Lost the Art of Dreaming It So (Unsolicited Press, 2018) and Ultra Deep Field (Brick Road Poetry Press, 2017), and the novel A Song Without a Melody (Hyperborea Publishing, 2016). His writing has appeared in Harvard Review, Mid-American Review, RATTLE, River Styx, North Dakota Quarterly and many other journals. He received a fellowship from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts and spent five years in a West Virginia prison. He lives in Charleston, West Virginia.