DR. M. Leona Godin’s ‘Aromatica Poetica’ Newsletter: Smell without Imperfection Is Merely Pretty!

Scented/tactile performance, AI at the Whitney, molecules of connectedness, fragrant photos, pressure cooking, dog shit, alchemy/poetry & a half marathon are some of what you’ll find in this edition of the Dr. M. Leona Godin’s Aromatica Poetica Newsletter… ID: The Good Life flyer has a “SOLD OUT” stamp over the June 29 date, a circle around the July 13 date,… Read more

The Good Life: A Scented Storytelling Journey of Growing Disabled with Dad * 2 Performances!

I didn’t know my dad until I surprised us both with a visit to Wiesbaden, Germany  when I was 19. Our relationship was always as adults—adults who like to drink and eat! Our relationship became complicated—as they do—over time. We never lived in the same city let alone the same household. Our visits and conversations fueled by compressed time and… Read more

The 2024 Brooklyn Half Marathon- My First Half Marathon!

I began showing up at Achilles NYC—a running/walking/rolling group that pairs disabled athletes with volunteer guides—last summer after many years away. I was sporadic until I met a young woman named Gillian. On our second run, we flirted with the idea of doing the NYC Marathon. She’s doing Chicago like a month before, and said something along the lines of:… Read more

Blind Delights 1: Inspiration/Thanks Ross Gay!

A bit late to the party, but I just finished reading Ross Gay’s 2019 essay collection, The Book of Delights. I’m inspired. Hence pilfering the concept with a twist: blind delights! Like him, I have many things to delight in. Also like him, the opposite. He is black. I am blind. We each have a mountain of stereotypes and oppression… Read more

Newsletter: Smells on Parade

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… Read more