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Does That Mean You Really Want Me to Have a Terrible Day?
by Ace Boggess

Question asked by Marne Wilson

A terrible day’s the one we won’t see coming.
It doesn’t slap us around; it silences
shrill cries of those finding us absent
from our tender boxes.

Happy or unhappy days
are all a man can bless or curse us with,
null days more likely as we sit,
numbed by space between our eyes &

the TV. Maybe we’ll smell grilled cheese
sizzling in a nearby kitchen,
then perk up, though hunger waits
for us to fade our moods.

Next, a doe dashes through the yard,
trailed by two fawns speckled like
photonegatives of still-life
with chocolate-chip cookies.

That’s what I wish for you, friend:
a three-deer day with grilled cheese &
baked goods, even if that was
yesterday, the same again tomorrow.

It means the terrible never found you:
you scuffed your bike but survived your
Snake River Canyon jump, felt energized
with thrill, even if you broke a bone or two.

 

Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 20, Issue 1.

Ace BoggessAce Boggess is the 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). He currently resides in Charleston, West Virginia.

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CPR Best of Volume 16 Now Available

CPR Volume 16 Front CoverAfter more than a week of stuffing envelopes, the hard-copy “Best of Volume 16” Cider Press Review is on its way to contributors, subscribers, and former Book Award contest entrants.

The “Best of” issue features poems by Rebecca Baggett, Carol Berg, Jennifer Jackson Berry, Maggie Blake, Ace Boggess, John Bradley, Christine Butterworth-McDermott, Sharon Chmielarz, Lisa J. Cihlar, Joan Colby, Michael Collins, Gemma Cooper-Novack, Jimmie Cumbie, Carol V. Davis, Paul Dickey, Iris Jamahl Dunkle, Carol Ellis, Sarah Estes, David Eye, Evelyn Clark Farbman, Shawn Fawson, Janice Greenwood, David Hathwell, Gary Hawkins, Sara Henning, Brian Patrick Heston, Louisa Howerow, Ann Hudson, Amie Keddy, Heather Lang, Susanna Lang, Mercedes Lawry, Bernadette McBride, Amy Meckler, Colleen Michaels, Nancy Carol Moody, Carolyn Moore, Mary Moore, Susannah Nevison, Amy Newday, Autumn Newman, Sharon Olson, Mary Elizabeth Parker, Lynn Pedersen, Kevin Phan, Katherine Rauk, Geri Rosenzweig, Michael G. Smith, Heather Sommer, Sarah Sousa, Joannie Stangeland, Kelly Terwilliger, Lisken Van Pelt Dus, Ryan Vine, Donna Vorreyer, Chelsea Wagenaar, Mark Wagenaar, Marq Wilson, Laura Madeline Wiseman, Anne Harding Woodworth, Matthew Zingg. Book reviews by Ken Hada and Gary Leising.

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Ask Away
by Ace Boggess

ask me about the radiant hat
moon makes for that cloud face an hour before dawn

ask me about sitting on gravel staring through a playground fence
waiting like a godless monk for my mother to arrive

ask me how my hands trembled squeezing the knife
that cut me & drew new lines on stranger skin than mine

ask me about fidelity whether high or in-
how bodies in darkness cling to forgotten music

ask me why she put the cat out before she closed the door
ask me why I stayed ask me ask

ask also about softness &
how easy it is to name those better times

ask me why beautiful moments rob entire days of their despair
or why truth may be painful but it’s never personal

ask me what I did to deserve this &
what I did not do when the corner choir sang its shadows

ask me if & when & who the great who-done-it
it was I in the study with a candlestick

ask me nothing & I will wish no honest words
like forgiveness to be muttered in the dark

 

Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 16, Issue 2.

Ace BoggessAce Boggess is the 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). He currently resides in Charleston, West Virginia.

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