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By Chen Chen

not back, let’s not come back, let’s go by the speed of 
queer zest & stay up 
there & get ourselves a little 
moon cottage (so pretty), then start a moon garden 

with lots of moon veggies (so healthy), i mean 
i was already moonlighting 
as an online moonologist 
most weekends, so this is the immensely 

logical next step, are you 
packing your bags yet, don’t forget your 
sailor moon jean jacket, let’s wear 
our sailor moon jean jackets while twirling in that lighter,

queerer moon gravity, let’s love each other 
(so good) on the moon, let’s love 
the moon        
on the moon

Chen Chen, "i love you to the moon &" from Poem-a-Day: May 31, 2021.  Copyright © 2021 by Chen Chen.  Reprinted by permission of The Academy of American Poets.

Source: Poem-a-Day: May 31, 2021 (The Academy of American Poets,, 2021)

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Chen Chen
Chen Chen’s debut collection, When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities (BOA Editions, 2017), was longlisted for the National Book Award and won the Thom Gunn Award. He teaches at Brandeis University. See More By This Poet

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