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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)

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 Baby, I Don’t Care. Copyright © 2018 by Chelsey Minnis. Used with the permission of the author and Wave Books.

From Baby, I Don’t Care. Copyright © 2018 by Chelsey Minnis. Used with the permission of the author and Wave Books.

Chelsey Minnis

Chelsey Minnis is the author of several poetry collections, including Baby, I Don’t Care (Wave Books, 2018). She lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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Who am I?
Someone who kisses your shoulder when they’re not supposed to.
I’m wearing high heels by the pool so that makes everything OK.
Now don’t be charming, darling.
There could be a lot of smashed vases in our future.

What should I do? Mind my manners?
I’m the type of person to

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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

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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.

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