QUANTITATIVE REASONING by Chen Chen

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I don’t know how much more coleslaw I can take.

 

2

 

& I love coleslaw.

 

3

 

If Brian is traveling at 71 miles per hour & Ryan is traveling at 74 miles per hour & a dog is barking at another dog for 7 dog minutes, when would be the best time for me to visit you?

 

4

 

My boyfriend Jeff routinely gets his younger sister’s age wrong. My mother always mixes up my two younger brothers in their baby pictures. These are the mistakes we like to laugh about.

 

5

 

Which amount is greater?

A) The electrons in your left foot             B) God’s pinkie finger  

C) What you wished you had room for last week at Old Country Buffet

 

6

 

I find myself envious of Jeff for getting to have a relationship with my mother that doesn’t involve the last twenty years. They can just talk about cats & how to bake different things better. Then I think of Jeff saying that it’s a good thing I met his family now. After all the divorce & marrying new people & buying new houses.

 

7

 

It’s never too late for someone else to have your happy childhood.

 

8

 

To determine how old my father is, I always have to add five years to my mother’s age. Plus five years of the hair dye I will probably use, too.

 

9

 

On a scale of 1 to lenticular cloud, what is the median household height of a lonely child’s imaginary friend, a friend whose name has remained a well-guarded secret, even after x as well as y amount of years?

 

 

 

Chen Chen is the author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize and forthcoming spring 2017 from BOA Editions. A Kundiman and Lambda Literary fellow, his work has appeared in two chapbooks as well as publications such as PoetryBuzzfeed, and The Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day. He is pursuing a PhD in English and Creative Writing at Texas Tech University.

 

Website: chenchenwrites.com

 

 

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