A Poetry Showcase from Nina Parmenter

Bio: Nina Parmenter’s début collection Split, Twist, Apocalypse is published by Indigo Dreams. Her poetry has appeared in journals including Honest Ulsterman, Atrium Poetry, Snakeskin, Allegro Poetry, Green Ink, and Ink Sweat and Tears. In 2021, she was winner of the Hedgehog Poetry single poem contest and was nominated for the Forward Prize. She lives in Wiltshire but can be found online at www.ninaparmenter.com, on Twitter @ninaparmenter and on Instagram @nina.parmenter


We were tubes,
we were curled shrimps,
dots in a salty sea-womb.
So round. 
We unfurled one leggy morning,
struggling through the vernix,
opened eyes to dilating horizons,
and smiled. 
We bubbled our hungry brains,
puffed up bellies,
boggled at our fat circumference,
took the world in our teeth. 
In the evening, we drew one straight line,
then another. 
By midnight, we were zeros on a grid.

So round.


Do you feel the bristle
of closeness,
hairs up like a brush?
Do you feel the tired shiver
of company? 
Does your brain spike 
and jabber
at the stab of a voice?
Does the air crush too much
to be breathed?
Open your mouth 
like mine -
right up to the hinge.
Let space ring your teeth.
Now scream.
First Published by Dust, June 2022


my mind is my       rabbit’s foot
         it   runs   and   it   runs
my thoughts are     prayers 
                                              that ricochet
and always come 
my mind is a          pendant     
round my neck, it is 
all six points of a   star
           it burns
my mind is the       crystal
you bought in a seaside shop 
when the salt-breeze blew in 
I clasp it before I sleep
my mind is your     lucky charm
                   your     cursed thoughts     your
it has                       nothing 
                                                 to hold
it        holds       on
Poems from Nina Parmenter

By davidlonan1

David writes poetry, short stories, and writings that'll make you think or laugh, provoking you to examine images in your mind. To submit poetry, photography, art, please send to feversofthemind@gmail.com. Twitter: @davidLOnan1 + @feversof Facebook: DavidLONan1

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