MRI, or The New Art of Anthropomancy

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Hard not to think of you
as a tool of divination.

They say your parts can see it all
or near enough to feel like fate.

They’ve read the bones, the liver, the whole of me
and found the omens unfavourable

the future too difficult to determine
so they break me down again

& again to bring me into being in your image.
Perhaps me breathing is the problem

how your shriek, screech, howl
has me wriggling in your mechanical mouth.

Seeing their frustration, I wonder if your seers
ever envy the old prophets

the way a blade made a body
easy to interpret.

MRI, OR THE NEW ART OF ANTHROPOMANCY by Dominik Parisien


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Dominik Parisien's fiction, poetry, and nonfiction can be found in The Fiddlehead, Plenitude, Wordgathering, Uncanny Magazine, as well as other magazines and anthologies. His poetry chapbook "We, Old Young Ones" is forthcoming from Frog Hollow Press through their Dis/Ability series. He is also the co-editor, with Navah Wolfe, of Robots vs Fairies, and The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales, which won the Shirley Jackson Award. His latest project is Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction, with Elsa Sjunneson-Henry. Dominik is a disabled, bisexual, French Canadian. He lives in Toronto.

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