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Issue 2: March 2020
Poem: 132 words
By Ace Boggess

Big Bang May Have Created a Mirror Universe Where Time Runs Backward

somewhere we never see, we grow younger—

minus gray, subtracting added pounds, 

sans bones that sound like deer crushing limbs at night. 

we watch the seventy sadnesses vanish from our parents’ eyes 

as we take back words we spoke, choices made. 

crimes erase themselves from our rap sheets. 

bad breakups glue new delights between us. 

isn’t it nice to rewind the tape, listen 

to backmasking set against songs we hold inside? 

yesterday, we were innocent. tomorrow, 

elsewhere, elsewise, we might be again as, too, 

that fired man who gunned down former colleagues 

will suck bullets back into his rifle, 

resume the original work 

he did poorly, sit at his desk & fade 

like a cough that becomes another breath.

* Publisher’s Note: Title is from an article by Tim de Chant in NOVA at PBS online (8 December 2014).

Ace Boggess
Issue 2, March 2020

is author of five books of poetry, most recently Misadventure (Cyberwit, 2020) and I Have Lost the Art of Dreaming It So (Unsolicited Press, 2018), as well as two novels, including States of Mercy (Alien Buddha Press, 2019). His writing appears in Rattle, Notre Dame Review, The Laurel Review, River Styx, Rhino, North Dakota Quarterly, and numerous 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.

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