Chad Parenteau

Rookie (5/12/1973 / Woonsocket, Rhode Island)

Biography of Chad Parenteau

Chad Parenteau lives and works in the Boston area. He currently hosts and organizes the Stone Soup Poetry venue in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His latest chapbook is Discarded: Poems for My Apartments.

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The Cup

A girl walks across a room
acting like she doesn’t notice
the boys reaching behind her,
pretending to pull up her pink skirt
and white sweater—the outfit she knows they like.
In a yellowed-white china cup she holds
her mother’s favorite brand of tea,
dark as burnt wood.
As she walks to her reserved chair,

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