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canal street, eleven by Luis E. Munoz
published in Volume 9, Issue 2 on April 15th, 2002

the procession slips
through the rain
the sea of black umbrellas,
a white dress guiding
grandmothers and unwed nieces
to the steeple, clouded

his hand, malfunctioning,
shielding his face
from black soot
and ash
as they walk down
canal street,
unable to distinguish
new york drops
from his eyes or the rain

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