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The Star-Nosed Mole


Scent Magic author Isabel Bannerman’s selection of favorite poetry and prose pieces evoking the scent of plants, stunningly illustrated with her unique botanical photographs

“While researching an article I came across the adorable and preposterously unusual star-nosed mole. All moles use their noses stereoscopically to detect the whereabouts of prey in the murky under-land, but the star-nosed has highly sensitive star-shaped fingers protruding from its nose, as if invented by Edward Lear, and it catches and eats its prey quicker than almost any other living thing. The mole inspired me to rummage through discarded papers and deep dark hard drives to fish out these friends. Put the text with images, and share. A sort of Commonplace book.” —Isabel Bannerman

In reviews of Scent Magic, Isabel was lauded for “putting into words what so much escapes language. With a wonderful range of reference and allusion, it’s nothing less than poetry…” (London Evening Standard).

And here, bringing the written pieces together with her dramatic, powerful and mysterious plant images, she evokes the scented garden through poetry and prose spanning millennia, from Martial to Proust, Milton to Colette, and P.G. Wodehouse to Alice Oswald.

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