Chelsea Coreen is a poet, feminist, scientist, and magical being from upstate New York. She specializes in education and spiritual advising, and runs a monthly tarotscope series at Mercury Mermaid, as well as co-hosts the podcast "Ask a Mermaid" with Jay Musella and Lee Pfeil. A Best of the Net Nominee, her poetry collection was finalist for the 2014 Exploding Pinecone book award by Button Poetry. (More published work can be found under "Poems"). She has taught at the middle school and high school level across NY state, and has performed, and led writing workshops at high schools and colleges across the United States. From 2014-2016 she ran a body positive workshop series for teens called The Uninterrupted Project with poet/author Lily Myers. She has a Master's from Brooklyn College in Adolescent Education, and Biology. She currently lives in Brooklyn.
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And it felt like my biggest accomplishment of this year, to date. Yes, I also finished a Master’s Thesis this year. Yes, I’ve also navigated intense, personal tragedies, trekked knee-deep through the aftermaths traumas, yes, anxiety turned my heart (literally) into emergencies. But I think I FINALLY let go of whatever inside me would have formerly felt compelled, or hopeful, or maybe even bored enough to respond to that text. I didn’t do it.
Been thinking a lot lately about what it means to experience the full range of human emotion. How we can feel joy, grief, confusion, nostalgia, loneliness, ect. over the course of a single day.
I made this Full Moon playlist before I (late to the party) watched this music video by St. Vincent,which I later added to the mix. How she captures what it feels like to grieve in a city that refuses to slow down, refuses to dull, and how isolating that can feel, even when surrounded by millions of other...
Author’s note: I started writing this post before Charlottesville, and it was intended for publication later this week, but in light of recent events it felt important to offer strategies for healing/self-care for those who are hurting right now. The entire purpose of Mercury Mermaid is to provide a community of support and healing, so feel free to please reach out if you are feeling in need of those things at this time.
TW: sexual assault, rape
When I was 14, I went to an overnight party with my...
For a very long time as an adolescent/young adult, I was petrified of water. Part of this I attribute to the fact that growing up in upstate NY when I was in middle and high school, several kids I knew drowned in watering holes, or suffered head injuries due to falling off of cliffs. But I think it was bigger than that. A dark, murky lake, swimming with unseen creatures. Their teeth and their scales. The unknown depth of the local reservoir, under the bridge.
Last week I woke up on Monday feeling intensely ill. You know that summertime flu that hits you with a sore throat, sinus infection, nausea, and fever all at once? I always feel guilty taking off work (#capricornproblems), especially at a new job where I am trying to impress everyone by being the supercompetent newbie, but this whatevervirus knocked me on my ass for an entire week. I holed up in my apartment, sweat out my fevers, drank tea with lemon, drank gallons of wate...