‘Paul Cézanne, The Stove in the Studio, c.1865′  by Ciaran Carson from his forthcoming collection Still Life is our October Poem of the Month.

Paul Cézanne, The Stove in the Studio, c.1865

Still Life - Ciaran Carson - coverSince I saw it first in 1993 how often have I thought
of Cézanne’s studio stove
And the great big potbellied cast-iron black cauldron
sitting squat on its top,
With God-knows-what seething away in its belly,
or sweet nothing’s in the pot,
And the back of a canvas on a pinewood stretcher
propped face to the wall
Behind the stove perhaps to dry, or not; and, hard to figure
from the chiaroscuro,
A little painting, or an artist’s palette; and that tiny palette,
would it be a sketch;
And a pottery pot on the floor; and another dim something
in the tiny room, all
Lit by the glow of a single red coal in the jaws of the coal-
black cast-iron stove?

by Ciaran Carson
from Still Life (2019)

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