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Billie Stiletto

About Billie Stiletto

Billie Stiletto holds a BFA from Mount Allison University where she studied letterpress printmaking and bookmaking. She has published two editions of handmade books, a book of poetry called The Salem Street Revival and an illustrated short story made in collaboration with artist Lydia Haywood-Munn called "The Origin of Silence." She is currently interested in exploring the complexities of mother/daughter relationships in her work.

The Hollow

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I woke into a nightmare and you
were there, smiling into dark,
cavernous spaces, already calling them home,
translucent fingertips pressing my
stretching walls and me, aware of your
distant vibrations, unsettled and afraid.

I cannot conceive you as reality:
gauze hair, infinitesimal teeth,
film of flesh, aqueous eyes–my eyes,
staring back at me. I will
disengage you as my blood
creates you. I will unmake you
cell by cell as you swell
inside me; removing your need, your
wish, your want, piece by piece;
and make full again your only home
with my apologies.

Breathe by Maria Doering

Breathe by Maria Doering