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mercedes killeen

mercedes killeen is a Toronto-based writer, an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto, and an employee at the University of Toronto Libraries. Her work, which includes personal essays and poetry, has appeared in publications such as The ​I​nnis Review and Shameless M​agazine.

about Tulips

Tulips is a small collection of poems about solitude, depression, of being alive without hope. These poems are snippets, confessional at times, at other times a self reflective portrait of living with mental anguish. Killeen offers an imagist view of survival, capturing the endless repetition of a world gone stale.

from Tulips
oral fixation
swallow medication,
brush teeth,
smoke a Belmont,
chew gum,
put on lipstick,
bite your lip all day,
smoke another Belmont—
eat, smoke, chew, kiss, blow, smoke, chew—
swallow medication,
brush teeth.

mercedes killeen


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