They came in ten tiny transparent plastic bags, the torn armpits of strangers’ t-shirts still humming with their owners’ un-deodorised sweat. Trust yourself, the website said, your nose knows. In the kitchen I take each sample out, unfurl it like a cloth napkin at a fancy restaurant, hold each swatch to my nose, huff […]
When all else fails, I turn to St Jude with an inventory of the desired miracle: annual statements, consolidated tax vouchers, certificates of deduction of tax with (from memory) the ominous addendum a duplicate statement will not normally be issued. They’re holed up somewhere in the house inside a green folder (how hard is that […]
Close your eyes as you embark in Rio, bask in the blast of scorched tyres, a whiff from the sea, stinking fruit from brazen cannonball trees. Gag at open landfill worked over by pickers, sniff your first caipirinha and gasp. Peep through groggy lids […]
smelt of washing, frying bacon, talcum powder and warm milk. My sister’s smells of beagles, manure and cardinal polish. Mine, as far as I know, of baking bread, of coffee, occasionally fish. I could be wrong. My daughter-in-law comments on my perfume, how it clings to her daughter’s hair.
Oh wallop of want, oh stop-in-your-tracks Oh all dressed up, oh stagger back Oh stomach turn, oh trigger twitch Oh synapse-wrangler, oh clenching fist Oh walnut-crease, oh sauce-bouquet Oh see-through brawn, oh pressured grape Oh little shove, oh furry-soft Oh all backstage, oh warning shot Oh wringing sponge, oh wild honey Oh always dripping ahead […]