Duncan 1921 - 2015
posthumous collection of Beata Duncan's poems, Berlin
published in 2017 by Green
"a reverie for the Berlin of the 1920s, the city of her birth. With deceptive
simplicity she recreates her extraordinary home life and the dynamic cultural
and political world of the Weimar decade before her emigration to England
The collection has had an enthusiastic response
from those who knew her published work,
with several successful public performances and readings by her family."
"an inspired idea....to show her to the world
through poems about those distant Berlin days"
previously published in The
in collection, Apple Harvest,
Hearing Eye, ISBN 1-870841-72-7
The Lovely Butcheress
Dear Cath, I am sitting
by the fire
my coat on,
tea out of your mug;
back from the Arts Centre and
Spirit of Berlin in the Twenties'.
said Richard Ziegler
be worth a visit.
painted a lot of women
high cheekbones and big velvet eyes;
with low hats and fur collars
that photo of gran
mum to ride a bike),
in scanty clothes.
one that really got to me
called 'Die Schoene Metzgerin' —
pantry with the carcass of a boar
a stout young woman,
except for stockings and shoes,
touching the pig's.
features are very fine:
nose, full lips, long lashes.
is raising the penis from dead entrails
touching it with the tip of a knife,
look of utter contentment on her face —
'satisfaction' would be the better word.
colours are mostly warm:
for the two bodies,
brown stockings and cottage loaf hair;
of red for her mouth
the pig's clotted blood.
her heels are black and square
checkered floor tiles,
grey hooks through his trotters
in with her gleaming knife.
is he saying in that painting?
went back again and again—
for God's sake,
that say about me?
gallery was almost empty,
an old man looking at the women,
I didn't meet anyone
my way home.
bought a catalogue for you —
come back soon!
'The Spirit of Berlin in the Twenties' was an exhibition
of Richard Ziegler's work at the Camden Arts Centre. The
painting 'Die Schoene Metzgerin' is at the V&A.