Ace Boggess

Young Frankenstein
 Gruskoff/Venture Films, et al., 1974


Sharing laughter reveres like love,
holiest, our passage from shadow.
Too, it’s how we slay our monsters:
ones we welcome like guests
we wish would leave.
Hours I feel safest: when
we put aside the rigid noir
for a song-&-dance routine,
a lightening in our breathing
as tension loosens, slips out
through our frivolous feet.





Ace Boggess is author of the novel A Song Without a Melody (Hyperborea Publishing, 2016) and two books of poetry, most recently, The Prisoners (Brick Road Poetry Press, 2014). His poems have appeared in Harvard Review, Rattle, River Styx, North Dakota Quarterly, and many other journals.