Chat by Ace Boggess
Conversation about the burden of myth,
cultural anthropology, hero’s journey.
Conversation about bourbon, rum,
Jägermeister—health benefits &
drunk, drunk, drunk—hard drugs,
why it’s still difficult to find weed
in an age of enlightenment, age of lighting up.
Or is it? Always some friend of a friend.
Do you have friends? Do your friends have friends?
Conversation about slasher films &
other 80s horror: the Jason Voorhees
of the Unconscious, Freddy Krueger
of raging Id, Shakespearean
drama of Pinhead & human tragedy.
Conversation about pink wigs &
fingerless gloves—not an art for amping
lust; a craft, apprenticeship
through journeyman to master.
Conversation about heavy metal,
old-time religion of angry youth,
now so old, yet one hangs on,
right? Driving distortions,
intensity, release. We need this.
Conversation about politics of wrong-
headedness, old white men
marinated in years of ignorance
because they missed all the best conversations.
Ace Boggess is the 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.