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The Money

after Bobby Chacon

I don’t care about the title
I’m in this for the money

I care about the title
I care about the money

I’m in this for the title
I don’t care about the money

I’m for the money I don’t care
I don’t care I’m for the title

the title don’t care about I
the money don’t care about the title

I’m about the money
I’m about the title

I’m the money I care about in this


Copyright © 2018 Eloisa Amezcua. This poem originally appeared in Kenyon Review, November/December 2018. Used with permission of the author.

About this Poem

"From 1972 to 1988, two-time world boxing champion 'Schoolboy' Bobby Chacon boxed sixty-seven bouts, with fifty-nine wins, forty-seven by way of knockout. Despite 'little Muhammad Ali’s' success as a boxer, Chacon lost the two million dollars he earned fighting to drugs, alcohol, and multiple divorces, stating that, 'after I became champion [in 1982] everything became a little haywire. I could have everything I wanted now, so I did.'"
Eloisa Amezcua


Eloisa Amezcua

Eloisa Amezcua is the author of From the Inside Quietly (Shelterbelt Press, 2018), which was selected by Ada Limón as the inaugural winner of the Shelterbelt Poetry Prize. She lives in Columbus, Ohio.

Date Published: 2018-11-12

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