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Deviant Bates

Take these feelings and dull them. In this life I feel
certain of everything. For each undisclosed
heartbreak, there is a pill I can take.


I know… I’m sorry.
This is no way to live.


Chasing misery with medication?
First thing’s first: keeping my sleeves
clean of grievances.


Leave the knives outside. Tonight,
dinner. I will wash my face and
drink for the taste and not burn.

Deviant Bates (they/them) is a Texan-Taiwanese writer and poet. Their work reflects upon experiences of madness, grief, and yearning. Their work has been published by Vagabond City Lit, Heavy Feather Review, and others. Find them on Twitter @darlingknife.

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