Empty as a Box of Wind


my cigarette lighter
cheap disposable
sparks but doesn’t flame
twenty times
thirty—I enjoy the sound
of its clicking
like a crab’s feet on concrete
the flash &
how it looks much larger
than it is in the dark pause
trembling as Rilke wrote
about love & faith &
the many other things
that lose their fuel





About the Author

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). Forthcoming is a third poetry collection: Ultra-Deep Field (Brick Road). His poems have appeared in Harvard Review, Rattle, River Styx, North Dakota Quarterly, and many other journals. He lives in Charleston, West Virginia.