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The Best Man That Ever Was

Annie Freud


The Best Man That Ever Was

Annie Freud


Poem introduction

When I first read Pauline Reage, in fact, her real name was Anne Desclos, 'The Story of O', it had a really great impact on me - I was very impressed and moved by it. And I remember feeling at the time that I would like to write something that went in a similar way to sort of, going to the ends of the earth, and my experience of writing the poem was in some ways like that. It was very exhilarating and quite frightening to write. In the fourth stanza, I mention something called 'zabaglione'. It's a particularly marvellous Italian sweet made of sugar and egg yolks and marsala wine. You really rarely see it on menus these days, but if you get hold of a recipe, make it for yourself it's absolutely marvellous.

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