How much you touch: cart & goods, key fob,
credit card, pockets of your cargo pants.
Brushing tops, collecting agents,
lifting a loaf of bread or thumbing fruit.
Might as well splash virus like a body spray
as if trying to attract an attractive mate
to bite your head off in the afterglow.
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. His seventh collection, Tell Us How to Live, is forthcoming in 2024 from Fernwood Press.