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Unread 06-18-2021, 10:47 AM
Aaron Poochigian Aaron Poochigian is offline
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Default The Perfumatorium

The Perfumatorium

Reader, I want to be that roan retriever
tightening the leash
to heave still closer to the fever
of cheddar radiating from a quiche

and nudge the diner’s gonads on a bench.
The funk of magic herb,
of tar, even the heady stench
of trash in tattered plastic on the curb,

constitute all-out rapture in her nasal
existence. An exhibition
of priceless items for appraisal,
air fascinates with each piquant emission,

each tang and stank. There is so much to learn,
it seems, from poo and piddle,
from rancid chicken, from a fern.
Big nostrils, I have used you far too little.
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Unread 06-18-2021, 02:04 PM
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Ha! That cheered me up after a long day. Ewww, though, too. A canine smorgasbord of disgusting olfactory sensations - and then the fern at the end, all green and gentle (unless it’s the dog’s favourite pissing spot).

I like, too, the idea of the now/the moment of scent being likened to the priceless artefact in museum, and the final addressing to the nostrils made me laugh out loud, though I also agree that the world of scent is overlooked (possibly thankfully with the smells here) & it’s nice to approach sensory perception from a different perspective.

I’m thinking that ‘stank’ is a deliberate change from ‘stink’ so you get the sound-mirror with ‘tang’? It might be a typo, though. Love nasal/appraisal & quiche/leash. Maybe, just maybe, ‘funk of magic herb’ reads a bit clever-clever. Love ’fever/of cheddar’ - that’s so weirdly apposite and kind of horrible, too.

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This is just great, Aaron.
I love all of it.

I've just been sitting on my porch at dusk watching my cat sniffing every inch of the air, and then I came in a read this, ha!

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Quiche? How niche.
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Crisp and smokeless as fire.
I am in awe of your command of the language and the sound of music in it.

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Aaron Poochigian Aaron Poochigian is offline
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Thank you, all, very much.


thanks as always for your detailed comments. Yes, "funk of magic herb" is playful--perhaps too much? "Stank" comes from black vernacular, as in the Outkast song,

"Girl, you'd like to thank
that your shit don't stank. . ."

"Stank" sounds so much stinkier than "stink". It rhymes with "rank," after all.

Nemo, thank you very much. In your description, Upstate NY sounds so tempting--a pet, a porch, a yard! I have a dumb nose but I am trying to train myself in olfactory discernment.

Allen, thank you for "niche" (in one pronunciation) rhyming with "quiche" and "leash." The only other true rhyme, I think, is "sheesh."

Jim, thank you so much for enjoying this!


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Unread 06-21-2021, 01:44 AM
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Hi Aaron,

This is splendidly rhymed and constructed. I think my favorite line is this: "of trash in tattered plastic on the curb," which is perfect, but I also am partial to the close. Great stuff, no nits. Also the rhymes guide us aptly and precisely through the narrative, a thing I questioned in passing on an earlier poem of yours. :-)


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