Queen's Quarterly

Queen's Quarterly
Queen's Quarterly

Invasive Species

Joe Davies


Fall 2020 - Invasive Species



Do you know what an invasive species is? I know the names of a few: Queen Anne’s lace, purple loosestrife, Asian carp, zebra mussels. They are species that have been accidentally or intentionally introduced to a new environment, usually on another continent, where they suffer the unfortunate fate of being horrifically successful. By this definition, I suspect that I am a member of an invasive species, but this is one of those things that has only dinner conversation value. No one is actively or systematically trying to extract me from where I have taken root, though it’s quite evident that my species is, in some ways, also horrifically successful …


Joe Davies’ short fiction has appeared in the Dublin Review, eFiction India, PRISM International, the Missouri Review, and previously in Queen’s Quarterly. He lives in Peterborough, Ontario, a town with a very fine zoo, but alas, no Malayan tapir.


[IMAGE CREDIT: Illustration by Janice McLean with base art from Francis Black/iStock.com.]