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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; 
uncertainty, 

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: 
unconcerned, 
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.

 
 
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