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The Literary Groong - 05/01/2004

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	By Shushan Avagyan

	Sculpture by L. Bourgeois, 1996

	Unhidden from the rest, in the daylight,
	the black widow sways on her eight spoke-legs
	unmoving the eye,
	a spy of some sort, she is weaving her silk net,
	spraying each thread with a pungent secretion
	from her moist canals - a sack of venom,
	using the ejaculate to attract
	the prey. A trained hunter, this recluse
	how fast her bait can work!

Shushan Avagyan was born in Yerevan, Armenia.  She is currently
working on her master's degree in English Literature, and is a
recipient of the Dalkey Archive Press fellowship at the Illinois
State University.

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