Making Sense of Scents

Archive for June, 2012

A Lure and Where does True Love lie

And maybe you’d like to see an example from it?

Two poems from collection

Led By The Nose

Since some of my works will be featured from my fourth book (yet to be published) which is a humorous slant on our marvellous sense of smell in the indominable style of Spike Milligan and Pam Ayres and beautifully illustrated by my Anglo Colombian friend Sergio Lievano perhaps we should take a look at its cover?

Anthology of Humorous verse

An anthology of humorous verse about our senses of smell and taste

Transports of Delight Cover

As you can see the Western Rose and Islamicpatterning on the book’s cover allude to a meeting of East and West:

“Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet,
Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God’s great Judgment Seat;
But there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth,
When two strong men stand face to face, tho’ they come from the ends of the earth!”

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

My book will I hope help bring the two sides to their senses.

The Shugborough Code

Here’s what I was talking about earlier. I’ve cracked this code and will be talking to the media about it in July….more news later


ON bottom of a reversed relief copy of the Poussin paining “Et in Arcadia Ego”

Transports of Delight

TOD cover

Some of you have asked where I get the marvellous poetry from. Well it’s from my book Transports of Delight.(with some also from my yet to be published humour book “Led by the Nose. “) To give you a sense of this book (around £9 at Amazon) I’ll read you the cover:

Transports of delight is a celebration through verse of man’s extraordinary sensory world of smell, connecting East and West. Here is a fascinating and delightful anthology, drawn from across the world and across the millennia capturing a kaleidoscope of emotions, moods and memories,all of which are energised and enhanced by smells of every kind-“smells which match our moods, promote our passions, provoke a sense of awe in the natural world around us and bring us closer to our Gods”.

The anthology, containing over a hundred poems and excerpts from literature including “The teachings of the Buddha” and Ben Johnson’s intoxicating “Drink to me only with thine eyes” (Ode to Celia) takes the reader from China to Japan, Tibet and the East Indies, on to India and the Levant, then to Europe and finally to the Americas.

Transports of Delight will certainly help transport and delight the reader to another level of sensory pleasure- far removed from today’s audio-visual world of ipods, televisions, mobiles, CD’s and DVD’s.


Satsuki matsu

Hanatachibana no

Ka o kageba

Mukashi no hito no

Sode no ka zo suru

Fragrance of the orange

Flowering at last in June

Wafts through the summer night

The memory of scented sleeves

Of someone long ago

                Kokinshu 111 1.39


Scent (from anthology Transports of Delight)



Scent, perfume, fragrance,

Bouquet, incense, spicery,

Tutti frutti, flower power

Or just plain “smelly”

Bottled figment, phialed elixir,

Holy smoke and stuff of dreams,

Break the seal, remove the stopper,

Loose the gaseous Djinni’s streams.

Mottled myrrh from Araby,

Crinkled clove of Zanzibar,

Speckled spice of Samarkand,

Wrinkled weed from Malabar.

Wood and fruit and fragrant bloom,

Burst forth from their crystal tomb,

Swarms of smell spill out pell-mell

To wrap you into their sweet womb.

Balmy night sand dreamy days,

Mountain streams and tropic shore,

Balsams, resins, wisps and sprays,

Odors gathered by the score.

Sensual smokes, aroused aromas,

Gifts from Gods and joy of man,

Love’s explosives in small doses,

Reach Nirvana if you can.