When Can You Come


Read by the author

when snow ceases & rain begins
when my feet find their ease
in a new pair of shoes
when the woman behind me at Wal-Mart
says to no one “my body
would make a beautiful cake”
when tonight’s hockey
closes its overtime window &
with it the violence of waiting &
constant fear of winning
when the meteorologist on TV
boasts he can provide us
with an accurate time of death

Ace Boggess is the author of the novel A Song Without a Melody (Hyperborea Publishing, 2016) and two books of poetry, most recently, The Prisoners (Brick Road Poetry Press, 2014). Forthcoming is a third poetry collection: Ultra-Deep Field (Brick Road). His poems have appeared in Harvard Review, Rattle, River Styx, North Dakota Quarterly, and many other journals.  He lives in Charleston, West Virginia.

Image Credit: Kristian Bjornard

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