I wonder, am I breaking down?
My car won’t make up its mind.

Technical madness fattens me on anxiety,
which is like a sensor gone bad,

which is what I suspect,
won’t know until I drag these metal bones

through a bog, across a desert, & into
the shrieking bay of the auto shop.


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.