Monday, August 24, 2009

Cinnamon Girl

I once knew a girl from Topanga Canyon who lived near Neil Young’s place. She said he used to beat his dogs.

A not so random recollection while mulling over the erotics of cinnamon.

Philip S., a reader of my book, sent me the text of Michael Ondaatje’s poem The Cinnamon Peeler because he thought it might appeal to me. He was right.

It begins:
If I were a cinnamon peeler
I would ride your bed
and leave the yellow bark dust
on your pillow.

Your breasts and shoulders would reek
you could never walk through markets
without the profession of my fingers
floating over you.

Reador listen to—the whole thing. It’s an amazing interplay of the senses: a blend of the tactile and the olfactory in the service of Eros.

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