the museum of americana

a literary review

Bobcat—Poetry by Ace Boggess

There’s a bobcat on the road past Kroger’s
heading for Walmart & IHOP
isn’t
something you expect to read at lunchtime,
but turn on Facebook & see videos clustering
like ladybugs at a cracked window,
clips shot by strangers passing, news crews searching.
Looks more like a mountain lion,
beige & sleek, but wouldn’t one of those
prefer Cabela’s or an army-surplus store
to stock up for its rugged struggle?
Whatever its breed, everyone chases it
like the name of a song you hear but can’t place,
its earworm begging identification, &
anyway, you know there’s an exit ramp
off the four-lane between here & those strip malls,
chain restaurants, burger joints. You hope
he takes it, veers toward South Charleston,
vanishes in traffic & industrial fog
until he’s an urban legend no one believes
despite videos which only lie
if you try rather hard to force them to.

 

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Ace Boggess is author of four books of poetry, most recently I Have Lost the Art of Dreaming It So (Unsolicited Press, 2018) and Ultra Deep Field (Brick Road Poetry Press, 2017), and the novel A Song Without a Melody (Hyperborea Publishing, 2016). His writing appears in Harvard Review, Notre Dame Review, Rattle, River Styx, and many other journals. He received a fellowship from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts and spent five years in a West Virginia prison. He lives in Charleston, West Virginia.