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Rhubarb

A fleshy inflorescence, toxic and culinary.
Rhubarb stalks are the mythical root
of the River Volga, for which the merchant
explorer Marco Polo
sought silks, satins, musk, rubies, diamonds,
pearls and barbarum: a term that refers
to affordable sugar and two world wars.
Posted 04/01/13
An excerpt of From a Tree, a collection of erasures that use Wikipedia entries to make a lyric grocery of seasonal produce. "Rhubarb" originally appeared in the Seattle Weekly.
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