Police Sirens Still Make Me Shiver

Ace Boggess


from distance late at night across the river
where bars are full with old junkies
shaking hands beneath a table

on one-way streets where cars
pull up to the curb & honk their horns

in parking lots of closed-down grocers
blacked-out pharmacies & boarded-over clubs

in passing or wherever I stand
I hear spontaneous shrillness & tremble
as if noticing a spider on the bedroom ceiling:

I know their curses belong to someone else
still that noisy bleat will mock
as if the past waits holding a blade

as if my arrest is imminent
although I am innocent this once



Listen to the author read “Police Sirens Still Make me Shiver”:

Provenance:  Submission.


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 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.



A Man in the Foggy Night” by George Gorgo is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

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