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   h o w    t h e    t e x t    s m e l l s
--a study in semiotics

--- D A V I D   G R A H A M

Nosing a book, my dog
never gets beyond the preface.
I guess one muzzle-nudge
releases all the news he needs.
A page or two fanned,

a whiff and snort all he cares--whether cookbook or epic, savory scents of glue, dust mites, acids of wood pulp and my hands.

It's true what they say-- words just arbitrary marks peppering the page, the book pure commodity, sweet or foul as any slab of steak.

Wafting the common air, how the text smells depends wholly on the size and shape of your nose. And, Lord yes, there is no author.

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