Dominik Parisien: Survival Is Sinking

niece with a peach following four minutes of Planet Earth


nails & plastic cutlery

cut & stab & tear

the skin


at three she has teeth

like a beast & the instinct

to mutilate


understands implicitly she

is a predator at the dinner table

& survival is sinking


herself tooth & nail &

plastic tools deep

into fuzzy little things

Dominik Parisien's work can be found in places such as The Fiddlehead, Uncanny Magazine, Plenitude, Strange Horizons, as well as other magazines and anthologies. He is the co-editor, with Navah Wolfe, of The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales, which won the Shirley Jackson Award, as well as other anthologies. His latest project is Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction, with Elsa Sjunneson-Henry.