Return Visit to Morgantown, West Virginia • Ace Boggess

city of my marriage license symbol for a thing
that died a cackling chicken’s death in the long grass

city of my law degree I put to good use in prison
city of my addiction to pills I carried from here

roving the spiral stiff with disappointment
look at you now spread out like an old man on his porch swing

a little wider at the hips & in the center
a few parts missing a few battle scars like mine &

look at me returning as your guest
broken into shards & stitched together with lines of verse

we are friends & enemies you & I
dealers of the darkness of possibility

like fortune tellers who—relegated to the fair—
cannot see the future for themselves


Ace Boggess is the author of two books of poetry: T
he Prisoners (Brick Road Poetry Press, 2014) and 
The Beautiful Girl Whose Wish Was Not Fulfilled 
Highwire Press, 2003). His writing has appeared 
in Harvard Review, Mid-American Review, Atlanta 
Review, RATTLE, River Styx, Southern Humanities 
Review and many other journals. He live in 
Charleston, West Virginia, and has appeared
on these pages before.