PRC Pictures, 1944

Old story: man loves woman,

kills her (leaves, has affairs)

because, now that he has her,

she isn’t the woman he loved:

changes hairstyle, drinks too much,

wants children, nags him about

his wasting his life on art. Then,

wouldn’t each one after be the first?

He gives up the initial brushstroke

for a pose, for proper copies.

He is like those drab, rusty robins

that fly at speed into windows,

stun themselves, pick themselves up,

then launch toward those windows again

until at last the fall will not forgive.

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About Ace Boggess

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Ace Boggess lives in Charleston, West Virginia. He is an ex-con, ex-husband, ex-reporter, and completely exhausted by all the things he isn't anymore. His books include two poetry collections, The Prisoners (Brick Road, 2014) and The Beautiful Girl Whose Wish Was Not Fulfilled (Highwire, 2003) and his novel more Song Without a Melody (Hyperborea Publishing, 2016).
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