Anne M Carson – George Sand and son amant

Carson LE P&W Feb 2023

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George Sand and son amant, the painter Charles Marchal, poem by Anne M Carson.

from George Sand and I: A Poetic Biography of George Sand

George Sand and son amant, the painter Charles Marchal


We stole a delicious week
together at Gargilesse.
Alex did me the scrupulous

courtesy of not probing
the nature of our friendship.
His was truly a heart of gold –

after he dies, Charles et
moi frequent Chez Brebant
to revel in the privacy of public

dining. I show him off, my last
late bloom. My great big bear
who brings the enlivening

air of youth, whom it pleases me
to call mos gros printemps
my (very) plump springtimes.

© Anne M Carson

Anne M Carson is a poet, essayist and visual artist whose poetry has been published internationally, and widely in Australia, receiving numerous awards including winning and shortlisting in the Martha Richardson medal, and a shortlisting in the 2022 Newcastle Poetry Prize. Her work has been broadcast on national and community radio and she has curated a programme of poems on disability on ABC’s Poetica programme. Recent publications include Massaging Himmler: A Poetic Biography of Dr Felix Kersten (Hybrid), and Two Green Parrots (Ginnindera Press).

The Detectives Chair is forthcoming from Liquid Amber Press in 2023. One of her poems has been set to choral music, and she has collaborated with a classical pianist in a number of poetry/piano story tellings. She has initiated a number of poetry-led social justice projects, including The River Project Soiree as a fundraiser for the RiverKeepers and a greeting card as fundraiser for the Carbon Positive Charity. She is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at RMIT, writing a poetic biography of George Sand.

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