The latest DR. M. Leona Godin’s Aromatica Poetica Newsletter includes A new poetry/prose series that articulates the joys and difficulties of putting language to smells, 2 new books, a cosmic smelling dog, anosmia revisited—with a twist, a NYPL Fellowship, oh, and, sometimes, SIGHTED PEOPLE SUCK!
Dear Friends and family,
Here in NYC, winter seems finally to be upon us, so we’re wrapping ourselves in velvet and making Cranberry Spice Old Fashions for everyone! Since September I’ve been knocking around the beautiful New York Public Library Schwarzman Building with its iconic lions, Patience and Fortitude. Thanks to a Diamonstein-Spielvogel Fellowship, I’m researching and writing about the anonymous blind faces in the NYPL photography collection while thinking hard about what image description can bring to photography.
In a totally different venture, I performed SIGHTED PEOPLE SUCK! For an enthusiastic sold-out house as part of the Gotham Storytelling Festival. Read more about it HERE, and please reach out if you have ideas of where I might bring it next…–I’m hoping to produce it again in 2024. Meanwhile I’m thrilled to bring my storytelling together with my smell obsession in a scented storytelling journey at Olfactory Art Keller in January—more on that coming soon…
At Aromatica Poetica, we published some really fantastic and utterly distinctive writing—click the links below , including a new Sillage series by Jehanne Dubrow that pairs poems with a brief, lyric meditation on the challenges of turning scent into language.
If you’re looking for gifts for hungry readers this season, may we direct your attention to recently published books by two of our favorite writers? Mandy Aftel, world-renown perfumer, author, and museum creator—I had the pleasure of interviewing her a few years back—put together a stunning, generously illustrated book : The Museum of Scent: Exploring the Curious and Wondrous World of Fragrance. It’s a must-have natural and cultural history that was inspired by the Aftel Archive of Curious Scents in Berkeley, the first museum of fragrance in the US. And Long-time contributor, Mike Lewis Beck charmed us with his collection of “very, very short poems,” Shorter and Sweeter, which contains many delicious taste-and-smell-inspired morsels—available through Prairie Lights Books.
New fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art
Interviews, at Home & Abroad
I was delighted to speak to Brown Bag Lit in their inaugural Lattes and Lit interview series—we cover a lot of ground in just over 15 minutes…
And I took a virtual hop across the pond to speak with David Bradford on his Ways of Not Seeing podcast. Also honored to be quoted by my friend and fellow blind writer, Jim Knipfel, in his wonderful article about the myths and truths of blind superpowers.
With sweet and spicy winter wishes,