CORPSES FOR HALLOWEEN: ROUTE DU VETIVER by MAITRE PARFUMEUR ET GANTIER (1988) + EARTHWORM by DEMETER

The Black Narcissus

 

 

 

 

My first thought on trying Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier’s Route Du Vetiver, one Autumn fine day in London, was

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have been interred.’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A first impression –  cavernous; deep – of dark, loamy soil; a grasping clutch of webbed, fibrous roots surrounding, dragging you further beneath, down, rapidly, unwillingly, right into the ground….

 

 

 

 

Down.

 

 

 

Down, down, we go, our last breaths leaving us..

 

 

Subsumed; drawn in.

 

 

 

 

 

Yet, there is serenity down here in this cool, worm-pured earth; we relent and acquiesce, surrender to our fate; and slowly, the grotesque wonder of our predicament begins…

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