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Chelsey Minnis

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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.


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)

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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


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


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.