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Chelsey Minnis

Chelsey Minnis grew up in Denver, Colorado. She received a BA from the University of Colorado at Bounder and attended the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Minnis is the author of Baby, I Don’t Care (Wave Books, 2018), Poemland (Wave Books, 2009), Bad Bad (Fence Books, 2007), Foxina (Seeing Eye Books, 2002), and Zirconia (Fence Books, 2001). She lives in Boulder, Colorado.


Bibliography

Baby, I Don’t Care (Wave Books, 2018)
Poemland (Wave Books, 2009)
Bad Bad (Fence Books, 2007)
Foxina (Seeing Eye Books, 2002)
Zirconia (Fence Books, 2001)

By This Poet

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from “Compliments”

Why do you insist on breaking my tiaras?
Baby, it’s not good for you to be so evil.
Darling, you have such a soft belly.
I always want to cut a soft belly. I can’t help it.
No, don’t try to get away.

Nothing’s wrong with you, so, congratulations.
What will you do now?
Stand on the balcony looking good?
Nothing’s wrong with you and I like it.
I’ll take your silence as a non-goodbye.

from “Romance”

Darling, I want you to buy me a car in my favorite color.
My favorite color is wine.
Also, give me a flower in a paper cup.
You shouldn’t ever leave me.
That’s a way to get your tuxedo cried on.

Darling, why don’t we share adjoining rooms?
Let’s get stewed to the eyeballs.
Now let’s have a fight while I brush my hair.
Can you be trusted?
So why don’t you come over to our table and introduce yourself?

from “Goodbye”

I get lonelier and lonelier and then I eat all the pink capsules for dinner.
How come I never get any telegrams?
It’s surprisingly easy to be enraged in a ruffled dress.
Look at yourself in the reflection of your flask.
You used to be a hobby of mine.

People in their nightgowns, smoking cigarettes,
they give great speeches.
I like it like upside-down sunsets.
I like it like a mess of emeralds.
I like it when you gesture from your forehead, “So long!”