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sweet paper books

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the smell of old books,
sweet, heavy, divine
in the corner of the university library
my haven,
quiet oasis
escape from the frenetic,
erratic, unpredictable pace
of social life
of roommates
of classmates
of crushes and bad dates
words on page a saving grace
no other human in sight
like when the world itself was created
alone, splashing in a sea of knowledge
untapped excitement
endless discovery on dusty shelves
the only sound heard in hours is the ding of…



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Franco Amati

Franco Amati

Speculative fiction writer from New York. For published work visit or buy me a coffee at