What have you been watching?

Ace Boggess

[overheard in a restaurant]

News. Hours of it. Each pixel
a bulge of endless blinding flash.
I hate myself for wasting
one free night. I wish
I could shatter the TV with a bottle,
but these wide plasma screens won’t break
just right. I’m stuck
with nothing hopeful,
all of it true, each bad thing
my fault because there weren’t
enough of me to set it straight.

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Ace Boggess is author of three books of poetry, most recently Ultra Deep Field (Brick Road Poetry Press, 2017), and the novel A Song Without a Melody (Hyperborea Publishing, 2016). 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.