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The White-Tufted Marmoset, photo from Christian ArtusoThe White Tufted Marmoset is a New World primate who lives in the forests on the Atlantic coast of southeast Brazil. Of all the marmosets, they have the southernmost range. They have a grey-black skin, a touched tail and remarkable white ear-tufts which flop over more distinctly than the Common Marmoset's. They live in the coastal forests up to a sea-level of 500 m. They are diurnal and arboreal, living almost all of their life in the trees. They live together in small groups of two to eight animals. Their size ranges from only 14 to 18 centimeters and weigh around 400 grams. Their diet consists of tree sap, fruit, insects, eggs of birds, flowers and spiders. Common Marmosets have long limbs and tail which they use for climbing and have specially designed teeth for extracting gum from trees. Distinguishing characteristics of common marmosets include white ear tufts, and a white blaze on the forehead. Little is known about their reproductive patterns. Gestation is approximately 170 days and births are typically of twin offspring.


Digital Penetration


  A.J. Huffman

The 16-year-old was reckless, made poor
choices, had more than a few
too many, lost
her ability to function properly.

The guys lied
to themselves, pretended inebriation
was the same thing as acquiescence.
They forced their denial inside her
prone, unconscious body.
They did not see her
as a girl, only as a means of entertainment,

The other partygoers watched. Covered
by pathetically transparent cloak of indifference,
feigned shock, and shameful
law that does not hold them
accountable for their pathetic reluctance
to intervene, for their laughter, for their filming
and distribution of heinous violations
on every potentially available electronic
media outlet.

Two were finally arrested, once
the appropriate amount of political pressure
was applied. They are being defended,
good boys, star
athletes who made unfortunate mistakes.
They are charged
with digital penetration, a nice, sterilized,
auditorily innocuous terminology for rape
of a child who, in sobriety's light will be forced
to relive this nightmare, publicly, virally,
until something worse comes along to take her
place at the top of the Facetube and Youbook's lists
of must see's.

A.J. Huffman is a poet and freelance writer in Daytona Beach, Florida. She has previously published six collections of poetry all available on She has also published her work in numerous national and international literary journals. She has is the editor for six online poetry journals for Kind of a Hurricane Press. Find more about A.J. Huffman, including additional information and links to her work at facebook and twitter.


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