Three Poems

I have thoughts.
Some of them are even good.
I can't teach you about poetry.
I should lay off the stuff.
But, these cufflinks cost money, baby

Late at night I become dedicated to greatness.
And I make it very fun…
Now I'm wearing an evening gown in the morning.
I've used up all my money.
So I've got to shell this poem out.

Into this hostile world, I bring a special laziness.
I want to go swimming after cocktails!
Then I put on sunglasses and write a poem.
I guess I better make it hot and shiny.
This can only lead to compliments.

CHELSEY MINNIS received a BA in English from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and studied creative writing from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She is the author of several collections of poetry, including Zirconia (2001), which won the Alberta Prize; Bad Bad (2007); and Poemland (2009). She lives in Boulder.