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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

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