They’re Making a Movie

by Ace Boggess

they’re making a movie about my childhood basement
Hollywood producers overcome by all the monsters there

fire-eyed slobbering winged-like-flies arising from everywhere
as with heroes fighting in their blanket capes

someone wrote a script for the film about my shoes
but those beige canvas docksiders couldn’t find their ship

the project was abandoned for one
about my adult life & the noose cut from a paisley tie

how desire kindles frame by frame into infernos
how the celluloid melts in a splatter of light


Ace Boggess is the author of two books of poetry: The Prisoners (Brick Road Poetry Press, 2014) and The Beautiful Girl Whose Wish Was Not Fulfilled (Highwire Press, 2003). He is an ex-con, ex-husband, ex-reporter, and completely exhausted by all the things he isn’t anymore. His writing has appeared in Harvard Review, Mid-American Review, Atlanta Review, RATTLE, River Styx, Southern Humanities Review and many other journals. He currently resides in Charleston, West Virginia.

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