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Daniel Bennett was born in Shropshire and lives and works in London. His poems have appeared in a number of places, most recently in Southword 31 and Structo 17 and he has work forthcoming in The Best New British and Irish Poets 2017 from Eyewear Books. He is also the author of the novel, All the Dogs. 

 

 

 

 

Olfactory

 

White musk, jasmine
the ever-real sweetness
of late fodder

 

the root preserves
freed from their jars
their mulch

smeared through the carpets
of West Kensington
the sour fizz of new wine

the lees flooded
with hungry yeast
grown stale under stairs

a dull light bulb
the sludge
of damp cardboard

down beneath
the riverline,
in a cellar brimming

with rats and Montrachet
the bitterness
of discounted pornography

in the afterhours service station
the heartbreaking tang
of fresh sausage meat

predictable summer rain
over fox urine
and the hum of baby shit

we let the flowers
grow rotten
in an old coffee pot

 

 

©2017 Daniel Bennett

 

 

Author Links

 

'A Quiet Place in the Country' in Caught by the River

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Poetry in The Manchester Review

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