The Princess of a Fallen Kingdom

for Maisie Lockwood, Jurassic World, Fallen Kingdom 

Child abuse survivors hurt long after 

their childhood is extinct.  Epiphanies 

you swallow, stadium seating, raptors 

shrieking as you spill small snowcap candies 

in your lap realizing little girl 

is like triceratops, you, genetic 

shenanigans brought into this new world

without any intimacy, ethics

just because they could — and to do with what 

they would.  40-something and you want to 

scream for the ten year old on the screen, that

you know what it means to be brand new, used 

before you know there’s such a thing as love. 

Do the dehumanized ever evolve? 


Kristin Garth is a Pushcart, Best of the Net & Rhysling nominated sonnet stalker. Her sonnets have stalked journals like Glass, Yes, Five:2:One, Luna Luna and more. She is the author of seventeen books of poetry including Pink Plastic House  (Maverick Duck Press), Crow Carriage (The Hedgehog Poetry Press), Flutter: Southern Gothic Fever Dream (TwistiT Press), The Meadow (APEP Publications) and Golden Ticket forthcoming from Roaring Junior Press.  She is the founder of Pink Plastic House a tiny journal and co-founder of Performance Anxiety, an online poetry reading series. Follow her on Twitter:  (@lolaandjolie) and her website kristingarth.com

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