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  November 2013
volume 10 number 2
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  A J Huffman
  Lee Mason
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  Tom O'Reilly
  Angel Uriel Perales
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  Walter Ruhlmann
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Walter Ruhlmann
November 2013



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    Walter Ruhlmann works as an English teacher, edits Datura, and Beakful and Urtica. He has published twenty-four chapbooks and poetry collections both in French and English, and hundreds of poems worldwide. His blogs and
Night Orchid



Black Coffined Things

Sea fruit.
Sea food.
Little darlings whose French name is used
as a nickname for women's parts,
their black furred cats,
their cunts.

Hung on the rocks
or the wood poles
tiny coral dwellers camp on your back.

You come in sacks
I remember the tons I washed
pulling the thin fluffy algae fibre with a sharp knife,
throwing you in a sink
full of crystalline clear but tap water.

Eventually boiled
with dry white wine,
onions, garlic, shallots and thyme,
sour cream.

I use your smooth grey black coffin
to pick others like you
and prevent my fingers
from dipping in the juice.

copyright 2013 Walter Ruhlmann