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Ace Boggess


We watched Mad Max

Beyond Thunderdome

because you hadn’t seen it.

Tina Turner in her post-

apocalyptic sword-&-

sorcery getup, Mel Gibson

before anyone knew

what he really thought,

all those pigs, those

feral children plagued

with onset of religion.

A lark, a fancy passing

a couple hours in the dark.

Wasn’t it exciting

going back in time

to see the future clearly?

That 80s symbolism

on how everything is

meaningless, which lets us

define it on the journey

like Max in his wasteland,

fit to survive, centering

a great & serious belief.

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.

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