Summer 2013 • Vol. XXXV No. 3 PoetryJuly 1, 2013 |

Perfume Enfleurage as Awareness

The airport closes due to a broken bottle of perfume.       From enfleurage to blossoming paranoia— illness, waves of nausea. Fixatives and scents, the aromatic heart of cinnamon, vanilla, almonds, bitter orange, oil of bergamot, fruit esters and aldehydes,              dark seaweed, lilac, and deer musk in a single whiff. Who knew whale ambergris       and linalool could create a state of panic or others might say, a heightened awareness shielded by fat or wax                    then extracted with ethanol. Wine, snow globes, and perfume                           are restricted items infused with a liquid potential to flame, even water.

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Karen An-hwei Lee



Karen An-hwei Lee lives in San Diego, where she serves in the university administration at Point Loma Nazarene University. Her recent collections are Phyla of Joy (Tupelo 2012) and a novel, Sonata in K (Ellipsis 2017).

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