Watch out for it, her father says & she repeats as though it’s a boobytrap placed there by some mayhem artist on a state route along the Elk River. Nearly swallowed my tire, he says. Caused my rearview mirror to fall off. The road is a weapon that cuts itself open. I thank her & her dad for the advice. I’m learning to dodge abysses, weave around emptiness.
About the Author
Ace Boggess is author of six books of poetry, including Escape Envy (Brick Road Poetry Press, 2021), I Have Lost the Art of Dreaming It So, and The Prisoners. 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.