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She uses it to talk with. To think with. To smoke.
A prop and an instrument, a necessity. Company.
Perfume is the least of it. It repurposes furniture.
Cantilevered on a dresser’s edge, like a burning
dial it turns to slow-motion noir.
Ceci n’est pas une pipe. This is a restoration.
Because inhaling creates a short estrangement
and exhaling is a way of putting something back.
S a r a h J . S l o a t
copyright 2014 by Sarah J. Sloat
guest editor: Sara Biggs Chaney
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