Friday, August 11, 2023

“Can We Be Evil?” By Ace Boggess

                question asked by Grace Welch

What leads us 

to ugliness,

a term I prefer 

to the one

you chose? 

I robbed &

wounded; you 

loosed havoc 

against friends & 

lovers. Neither 

of us wanted

to be monstrous.

It takes awareness

to wage war 

in heaven, &

we had none, 

broken beings


our glistening,

bloody swords 

at the sun.

Ace Boggess is author of six books of poetry, most recently Escape Envy. His writing has appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, Notre Dame Review, Harvard Review, Mid-American Review, and other journals. An ex-con, he lives in Charleston, West Virginia, where he writes and tries to stay out of trouble. His seventh collection, Tell Us How to Live, is forthcoming in 2024 from Fernwood Press.