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For My Friend Who Was Born
without a Sense of Smell

By Anja Notanja

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Anja Notanja Sieger is a Wisconsin-based Writer, Artist and Performer. She graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2009. Since then she has traveled to France, worked in a puppet theater and sold poetry and fortunes in the streets. You can see more of her work on her website, www.anjanotanja.com.  

Let me enlighten you.

Here in Wisconsin the breweries and hog farms are not the only emitters of a loud rude stench.

Actually a lot of roses smell terrible. Like rich feet. 

Roses smell good depending on a person's mood too. A bad mood? A bad rose.

Some other things that a sniffer wishes to block out of the nostrils:

Rotten ginko fruit crushed underfoot. I can't compare it to anything, but others say rotten milk.

Sweet and bitter antifreeze boiling over in the car engine on a 121 degree day. On that same hot day all slaughterhouses will smell like rotting flesh (which is accurate) and everyone in Milwaukee becomes vegetarian for a few days until the freak-wave lowers back to the 90's.

I find all repellant- excuse me I mean 'perfume'- repulsive. And I do take measures to inform strangers in elevators of their gross offense to the rest of humankind. No, I don't. But I want to. So I sneer and grumble. For now.

Smelling your own spit dry at the dentists.

Fresh tar.

Someone eating an orange when you're eating sardines. Someone eating sardines when you're eating an orange.

Speaking of fish, Lake Michigan's beaches are always lined with layers of fermenting alewives.  You're not missing out. This is the truth of my snout.

Most five year-old children smell like the short-term diseases they exchange at school.

And it is hard for me to trust people who like the smell of grass being cut. For abstract political reasons.

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