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"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

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.

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

Eloisa Amezcua

Eloisa Amezcua

Eloisa Amezcua's debut collection, From the Inside Quietly, was published by Sundress Publications in 2018. She is the founder of Costura Creative and lives in Columbus, Ohio.

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            after Tyehimba Jess 

Freedom is what you can buy 
with a left jab & a right cross. 

You’ve got the uppercut of a champ.
On a sweaty August night, you watch 

Ramos v Ramos from the Olympic
on TV. You turn off the blaring AC, 

want to hear the fighters’ tssiiuu tssiiuu,
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