Author Archives: Chris Lee-Rodriguez

About Chris Lee-Rodriguez

"Chris Lee-Rodriguez is an Asian/Latino poet, musician, and educator currently based in Boston. He has served on many slam teams and taught writing and performance workshops all throughout Boston, as well as in New Jersey and New Hampshire. You can follow him on his Facebook page."

Three Poems – Chris Lee-Rodriguez

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Typecasting

In the theater called first impressions, 
Brown nerd plays center stage for all three acts:
Act confident in place of awkward.
Act choleric as disguise for despair.
Act courageous subbing for cowardice.

Label him method actor. Label him
Boy who lives with brown skin as lightning bolt.
Boy, be not as pretender but as actor 
Playing the role they think is best fit.
Brown nerd has no lines in any dialogue,
But his inner monologue has lines like:

“Hey, yo conscious! Where’s the self at? Yo love!
Where’s the self at? Yo self! Where’s the ishness
At? I’ve got so many questions waiting
To be answered, and I’m not really sure
How much longer I can keep this act up.”
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