Ace Boggess is author of four books of poetry, most recently I Have Lost the Art of Dreaming It So (Unsolicited Press, 2018) and Ultra Deep Field (Brick Road Poetry Press, 2017), and the novel A Song Without a Melody (Hyperborea Publishing, 2016). His writing appears in Harvard Review, Notre Dame Review, Rattle, River Styx, and many 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.
Prison of Memory
departing anywhere ignites
the oil & pitch that introspection is
why want now what I didn’t then?
I go back in time to walls & razor wire
I’m haunted by the box of bricks
built to contain inescapable longing
I would not go back though I do
that part of me trapped in silence never leaves