by Chloe Martinez
Forgetting to Eat Breakfast While Reading Badge Luxuriating in Bed on Sunday Morning Badge Catching Lizards by Their Tails and Releasing Them in Safer Places Badge Sitting in Mom’s Office After School Because She Missed Extended Day Signups and Instead of Complaining, Putting All Her Paperclips into One Giant Paperclip Chain Badge Dancing in the Supermarket Badge Sorrow for the Dog You Can Hear Howling Every Morning Badge Imagining Badge Being Patient While Your Little Sister Has Yet Another Fit Badge Badge for Intensity of Focus Badge for Kind Words for a Friend Steadfast Refusal to Eat Foods You Don’t Like Badge Delight Badge Distractibility Badge (also called Noticing That Flower Badge) Badge for Laughing So Hard You Fall on the Floor Rolling Your Eyes and Returning to Your Book When Your Parents Try to Give Educational Lectures Badge Living in Your Body Badge Tripping and Falling Badge Insisting on Your Own Pronunciation of “Mesopotamia” Badge Stroking Your Mom’s Hair When She is Crying Badge Comic Book World Creation Badge Actual World Creation Badge Slamming Bedroom Door Badge Desiring Justice Badge Badge of Being Nervous Before the Piano Recital Badge of Doing it Anyway Sharing Dad’s Obsession with the Pan-Asian Mega-Buffet in Ontario Badge Secretive Looking at Yourself Happily in the Mirror Sometimes Badge Insistence on Doing it Your Way Badge Badge of Putting Things in the Places You Want Them to Be Tiredness Badge Badge of Wonder Not Caring That Much About Collecting Badges Badge Distinct Beauty of Your Own Particular Self Badge Born Just Before a Snowstorm Badge Being Oh Being Beloved Badge ____
Chloe Martinez is a poet and scholar of South Asian religions. She is the author of Corner Shrine (Backbone Press, 2020), which won the 2019 Backbone Press Chapbook Competition, and Ten Thousand Selves (The Word Works, forthcoming 2021). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Ploughshares, Waxwing, Shenandoah, The Common and elsewhere. She teaches at Claremont McKenna College. See more at www.chloeAVmartinez.com.