"One of the most unusual and persuasive books of poems I’ve read in some time." Dwight Garner, New York Times
“In a flurry of ideas, and with her typically sparse and open-ended lines, Minnis approaches her subject from a dizzying array of angles: ironic, celebratory, mournful, panicked, and often funny.” Publishers Weekly
Chelsey Minnis’s new collection of poems follows the struggle of a flawed character in a cinematic world. Playing with old ideas of wealth and love from Holly wood’s golden era, these poems flirt with nostalgia without ever succumbing to it, casting a new light on the present through the fantasies of the past.
What do you want with me? I’m just a dirty little shoplifter.
I’m like a woman in a sequined gown in a dark cave. Can you tell me I’m worse than others?
OK, yes, I’m worse than others, but can you say I’m the worst of all?
Chelsey Minnis grew up in Denver. She attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She is the author of Poemland (Wave Books, 2009), Zirconia (Fence Books, 2001), Foxina (Seeing Eye Books, 2002) and Bad Bad (Fence Books, 2007). She lives in Boulder, Colorado. She also writes screenplays.
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)|
|Age Range:||17 Years|
About the Author
Chelsey Minnis grew up in Denver. She attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She is the author of Poemland (Wave Books, 2009), Zirconia (Fence Books, 2001), Foxina (Seeing Eye Books, 2002) and Bad Bad (Fence Books, 2007). She lives in Boulder, Colorado. She also writes screenplays.
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A lot of good that will do you.
It"s not in my line, darling.
You wouldn't be human if you didn't tingle a little bit.
Great heavens, what have I done else but?
Is there anyone to turn to?
You know I hate your singing.
Let's have a conversation in the fur refrigerator.
I'm a bad person but it doesn't matter.
You should be kind to your butcher.
I'm going to feed you to my goldfish.
No one should question that.
I don't get tough, darling.
I like to eat sweets in bed while wearing feathered dressing gowns.
Still, you might want to do what I tell you.
Now, be quiet and row me across the pond.
Did anyone ever tell you you row beautifully?
Did anyone ever try to kill you in a rowboat before?
This is the best nightmare.
Darling, the bathtub's running over.
You love me but you don't love my singing.
Why don't you ruin everything then?
Go ahead. Show me the clouds.
This would have been the perfect murder
if only you hadn't left a thumbprint on my glass eye.
Will you greet me with a knife then?
This makes everything ginger-peachy.
I'm really a very shallow person.
I love fireflies, mockingbirds, and pink sunsets.
I'm sorry I couldn't be saved.
I don't want any reasonableness with you.
I want to tell you something as I block your sunlight.
Many things should be said to you in doorways.
It's time to start crying but you don't realize it.
You see, I'm the type of person who would hurt a fly.
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