“Heads,” by Chloe Martinez (Poetry ’09)

Poetry alum Chloe Martinez was recently featured in Couplet Poetry. Read an excerpt of “Heads” below:


We are walking and he stops, then with


excruciating care and barely-balance bends


down—suspense is about time, suspension


is about space—and turns a fallen penny from tails



to heads. He is leaving some


luck for a stranger. He is leaving. 


Some luck…



Read the rest of this poem, as well as another, here. (And also check out “Mira’s Colors,” another poem by Martinez, at the Poetry Foundation.)