Ace Boggess was locked up for five years in the West Virginia prison system. During that time, he wrote the poems collected here and published most of them.
Geosi Gyasi: I find it difficult to ask this but what took you to prison and how long did you spend there?
Ace Boggess: I was a drug addict for many years–Oxycontin and the like. Over time, that took away most of my sanity, and I ended up robbing pharmacies for drugs. I spent five years in the penitentiary.
The rest of the interview will be available in my forthcoming book (2016) by Lamar University Press Books.