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Ernest Hilbert

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Ernest Hilbert is the author of Caligulan (Measure Press, 2015), All of You on the Good Earth (Red Hen Press, 2013), and Sixty Sonnets (Red Hen Press, 2009). He lives in Philadelphia.

by this poet

The harpooned great white shark heaves onto sand,
Nudged by waves, red cavern of dripping teeth.
A crowd comes. Loud gulls wreathe the booming mist.
Blue flies cloud the fishy sunset, and land.
One, sated, is slapped to a smear beneath
A child’s quick hand and then flicked from his wrist.
Compass and munitions