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Frankie McMillan

the paddle crab tends to move to deeper 

water as they age. there they lie submerged 

in sediment only the eyes, the antennae 


how I love 

the word, carapace, the light red terracotta of shell 

my finger tracing the sharp serrations 

the claws of stubble, so stiff 

my mouth is an ocean of foam 

Frankie McMillan is a short fiction writer with recent work in Best Small Fictions, 2021 and Best Microfictions, 2021. Her latest book of fiction, The Father of Octopus Wrestling and other small fictions was published by Canterbury University Press, 2019.  

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