Wednesday, March 26, 2008

In A Station of the Metro


Sparrows' acts, originally uploaded by tearoom.

Visit Memory and Desire to read my olfactory interpretation of "In A Station of the Metro" - a poem by Ezra Pound.

Readers who comment on this blog entry or all other Memory and Desire posts related to the Perfume Inside a Poem project will enter to win an extravagant sample package of rare perfumes from all the 14 perfumers who participated in the project, including a few perfumes that were inspired by the poem.

If you comment on this post on Smellyblog, you will be entered to win 1 of 3 samples only available of my own olfactory interpretation of "In A Station of the Metro" - the first draft, that is... Simply add a comment below and as long as it's related to the poem or the project, you will be included in a draw which we will hold here as well on March 31st.

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13 Comments:

At March 27, 2008 6:53 AM, Blogger Oh, True Apothecary said...

I've never been to a metro station before, so any perfume impression I might have would be entirely imaginary. I can quite easily imagine the 'urban dirt' you describe. Among other much less appealing smells. Good job with the olfactory image transfer.

Justine

 
At March 27, 2008 7:48 AM, Blogger Roxana said...

Ayala,
It was terrific reading your interpretation of the poem and I look so forward to experiencing the final fragrance. Gaucho, your new perfume based on my homeland Argentina, sounds quite inspired and lovely. Cheers to the art spirit...
Roxana

 
At March 27, 2008 12:13 PM, Blogger Claudia said...

Ayala,

Thank you so much for introducting me to the Perfume Inside a Poem Project! I've truly been enjoying the amazingly different interpretations that have been posted so far, and am looking forward to the rest. Thanks for the drawing, too!

 
At March 27, 2008 6:14 PM, Anonymous pavlova said...

Ayala -- Bravo! I have been enjoying your blog for a number of months now and am thrilled you were a participant in the "Metro" project. You have inperpreted the poem based on your unique sensibility and the fragrance evolved from it will exude your spirit. I am imagining the scent you have developed ...it is beautiful and evocative of the poem.

 
At March 28, 2008 2:38 AM, Blogger Monica said...

I will echo all the previous comments from above. I simply can't wait to sniff an all natural interpretation of the project! For me, the metro holds memories of Paris, New York, D.C. and most of all the T in Boston. Inside is never quite dry so I see the wet woodiness fit nicely into the picture. Can't wait to smell it!

 
At March 28, 2008 7:02 PM, OpenID alienoreo said...

Ayala, I certainly agree with the commenters here. Your contribution was elegant and heartfelt, and it made me want to smell your fragrance-in-progress that much more! Thank you so much for being a part of this project, and for your enthusiastic, encouraging emails!

 
At March 31, 2008 8:46 AM, Blogger chayaruchama said...

Oh, Roxana-
It is !
I 'blind bought' Gaucho, and it is just stunning.

I think all of you acquitted yourselves admirably-
Each in accordance with his/her nature.
Love the infinite variety....

 
At March 31, 2008 12:22 PM, Blogger Ayala Sender said...

Justine,
The perfume will not really smell like a Metro station, but it has a tinge of dust in it so to speak... Not as much as I'd like to in the 1st mod but we'll wait and see...

 
At March 31, 2008 12:24 PM, Blogger Ayala Sender said...

Roxana,
Glad you enjoyed reading my interpretation. I was quite amazed at how completely different they all were...
When sending off my submission, I had this strange that everyone will have the same interpretation as what I've seen and make cherry blossom scents. I was pleasantly surprised and my fears were defeated ;)

 
At March 31, 2008 12:25 PM, Blogger Ayala Sender said...

Claudia,
Thank you for reading and participating in the discussion. I hope you won't be disappointed with the fragrance ;)

 
At March 31, 2008 12:27 PM, Blogger Ayala Sender said...

Pavlova,
Thank you for your encouraging words, and for reading my SmellyBlog!
It's so great getting to know some of you, my readers... There are many of you that I don't know yet, as comments are not a common thing here (not sure why?).
I have also started a Facebook group so that my readers can connect and hopefully also give some feedback, particularly I'm curious to know what my readers would like to, er, read!
And as I said to Claudia before - I hope you won't be disappointed with the perfume! The first mod may not be the last one...

 
At March 31, 2008 12:29 PM, Blogger Ayala Sender said...

Monica,
Wet woods are strange, and are a strong presence in my 1st mod. As for the urban dust... That's more difficult to capture with naturals alone (and no "dusty molecules"). I hope that wherever this perfume is going, it will capture the spirit of the poem, rather than just be a literal olfactory transfer of the word "metro".

 
At March 31, 2008 12:35 PM, Blogger Ayala Sender said...

Heather,
Thank you for allowing me to be part of your poetry & perfume project!
It was interesting, fun, stimulating and inspiring on many levels; I learned much through it in the way of understanding how other perfumers work (very different from one another that's for sure!!!).
Two vials of my 1st mod are on their way to you as we speak, and I wish I could see your reaction to it in person - just as I wish I could sniff the other perfumer's creations while taking the little guided tour in their thinking process...
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for initiating the project, inviting me to it and your wonderful world of written word; May there be many more fruitful collaborations such as that one. One great way to defeat commercialism and inspire thought, creativity and conversation among the creators and the audience.

 

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