Lugosi again with stare made of kittens
& honey, behind it teeth.
brides prefer orchids
to prepare them
for the long sleep
How he fills the screen with his madness,
a wedding day
a funeral home on call
All he wants is his wife forever
to be young & beautiful.
leave the loneliest
With his charm, he could play devoted Valentino,
but always in his heart, & ours, the Count…
“death do us part”
they say &
then it does
…like a yellowing blurry photograph of bodies
in a place reporters speak of as their morgue.
Ace Boggess is an ex-con, ex-husband, ex-reporter, and completely exhausted by all the things he isn't anymore. He is 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). Forthcoming are his novel, A Song Without a Melody (Hyperborea Publishing), and a third poetry collection, Ultra-Deep Field (Brick Road). His writing has appeared in Harvard Review, Mid-American Review, RATTLE, River Styx, North Dakota Quarterly and many other journals. He lives in Charleston, West Virginia.