"I’m kind of hooked to the game of art and literature; my heroes are artists and writers.
Listen, real poetry doesn’t say anything, it just ticks off the possibilities. Opens all doors. You can walk through any one that suits you. … and that’s why poetry appeals to me so much – because it’s so eternal.
As long as there are people, they can remember words and combinations of words. Nothing else can survive a holocaust but poetry and songs. No one can remember an entire novel. No one can describe a film, a piece of sculpture, a painting, but so long as there are human beings, songs and poetry can continue.
If my poetry aims to achieve anything, it’s to deliver people from the limited ways in which they see and feel."
Los Angeles, 1969-70
I feel similarly about perfume,
smell, scent, fragrance, odour.
Scent is real, scent is abstract.
Scent tells a story.
Scent opens a door. -LA
Illustration: Pink Snake Lura Astor