Logo, MacQueen's Quinterly
Listed at Duotrope
MacQueen’s Quinterly: Knock-your-socks-off Art and Literature
Issue 6: January 2021
Poem: 82 words
By Ace Boggess

On My Mind


Rabbits at twilight; 
the virus on TV 
performing its terrible poetry; 

the President at Walter Reed, 
spite I feel & guilt at that; 

the ballots already in the mail 
pockmarked with black dots 
like another plague; 

awkwardness of love 
in a pandemic 
(otherwise lust, a subtlety); 

a squeal of brakes on the highway 
that beckons us 
sitting at home watching news 

or rabbits at twilight: 
frolicking between 

blades of grass & sex, 
unafraid of anything 
but everything. 


Ace Boggess
Issue 6, January 2021

is author of five poetry books—Misadventure, I Have Lost the Art of Dreaming It So, Ultra Deep Field, The Prisoners, and The Beautiful Girl Whose Wish Was Not Fulfilled—and two novels, States of Mercy and A Song Without a Melody. His writing has appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, Notre Dame Review, Mid-American Review, Rattle, River Styx, and many other journals. He lives in Charleston, West Virginia, received a fellowship from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts, and spent five years in a West Virginia prison. His sixth poetry collection, Escape Envy, is forthcoming later this year from Brick Road Poetry Press.

Copyright © 2019-2024 by MacQueen’s Quinterly and by those whose works appear here.
Logo and website designed and built by Clare MacQueen; copyrighted © 2019-2024.
⚡   Please report broken links to: MacQuinterly [at] gmail [dot] com   ⚡

At MacQ, we take your privacy seriously. We do not collect, sell, rent, or exchange your name and email address, or any other information about you, to third parties for marketing purposes. When you contact us, we will use your name and email address only in order to respond to your questions, comments, etc.