Sunday, March 17, 2013

Poetry and Perfume

Yesterday's post about scents really warranted a follow up. I think that the Demeter Fragrance Company needs some help in identifying perfumes for the letters U and X, since they have none listed. I thought that I might draw on my interest in poetry to give them some ideas.

The first poem that came to mind for "U" was "Under Milk Wood" by Dylan Thomas. This would call for a fragrance rich with sea air and angst. It would have to evoke phrases such as,

"It is spring, moonless night in the small town, starless and bible-black, the cobbledstreets silent and the hunched courters'-and-rabbits' wood limping invisible down to the sloeblack, slow, black, crowblack, fishingboat-bobbing sea."

I was having difficulty remembering more poems beginning with "U" so I googled the phrase - poems starting with the letter "U" -  and came up with a site called "Cornerpoetry." There were lots of poems beginning with "U," including a dozen or more called "Untitled." I thought that one entitled "Undercurrent" would work - probably right up there with Under Milk Wood.

"X" was trickier since Coleridge didn't name his poem about Kubla Khan "Xanadu." I did find a poem called Xyst, which is a covered portico. The poem suggests the scent of lavender. I like Wisteria, myself. Maybe a fragrance combining the two.

Fruit Jambalaya 

Now for the letters with just one fragrance - J, K, Q, Y. Demeter's scent for "J" is Jasmine, which is predictable, as would be other fragrances, such as, Japonica, Julep, and Jamaica. For "K" they have Kamikaze, which I have mentioned before. To this we could add Kryptonite - for fatal attractions and Kringle for whatever :) "Y" is Ylang Ylang and I decided not to add YMCA. I think they would get more spin from a perfume called Yo-Yo.

I have saved "Q" for last. Demeter has a scent called Quince. I have a hunch that Quasimodo, suggested by Gloria Kearns, wouldn't work, unless we're in Zombie mode, but, I think that Quintessence and Quest might. In addition, I would like to offer a name which my good friend, Julia, posted as a reply to yesterday's blog for a perfume suggestion - "Quite Ridiculous." And maybe all of this really is - but it's been fun!!

Have a great day!!

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