|Marie Madeleine - Short biography|
Gently, the ocean waves sing their eternal dirge and softly the humid spring night enfolds me. My soul searches for you. Oh come, sweet flock of girls! I want to drink of your beauty. Give your wild hair to the wind, and drop your raiments silently. My pale child, give me your mouth, and feed my own mad fires. How cool your red lips are. You havn't learned how love feels yet. And you, with your thick mane of red-gold curls flowing almost to your heels, like waves of flame, show me the fires that glitter and flicker from your eyes. You must not leave me, for your are as beautiful as the glowing sun. And you two shy and slender sisters as pale as moonlight, with your quiet heartache and your silent pangs of love. With your limbs' marble splendour shining white as the waves' glimmering foam, and your hair in the night, you are more silent than a dream. Oh bouquet of blossoms! Oh, flock of girls! I want to drink of your beauty. Give your wild hair to the wind, and drop your raiments silently.
Baronness von Puttkamer
(April 4, 1881 - September 27, 1944)
From 'Auf Kypros' (On Cyprus).
First published (1900) by Berlin Charlottenburg,
when Marie Madeleine was 20. These poems reflect
the lesbian attraction of a girl in her puberty.
The beautiful Baronness was charged with being
lewd and shameless.
(now in Russia). At age 19 she married the much older
Baron Heinrich Georg Ludwig Freiherr von Puttkamer.
She moved to Berlin in the same year and published
her first poetry collection, called 'Auf Kypros'
(On Cyprus, 1900). Some of her poems are heterosexual
in tone but some are clear depictions of lesbianism.
In 'An der Liebe Narrenseil', (1902 - On Love's Fools'
Leash) she wrote about her frustration about how
the poetic experiments of her youth, had been
misunderstood as confessions of an experienced woman.
why all your heads are twisted
by what I modestly call
the lyrics of puberty.
From 1905 the Baronness lived mainly in Baden-Baden
and in Nice.
Marie Madeleine has published six further collections
of poetry as well as plays, short stories and novels.
Much of Marie Madeleine's considerable wealth
disappeared in the economic crash.
Her health and some of her wealth also went toward
feeding her morphine and cocaine habit. Around 1943
she went to a sanatorium in the city of Katzenelnbogen
where she died (September 27th, 1944) under obscure
Her primary works'Auf Kypros' (On Cyprus, 1900); 'An der Liebe Narrenseil'
(On Love's Fools' Leash, 1902);
'In Seligkeit und Sunden' (In Bliss and Sin, 1905); 'Katzen'
'Krabben' (Crabs, 1910); 'Die rote Rose Leidenschaft'
(The Red Rose called Passion, 1912);
'Die drei Nächte' (The Three Nights); 'Pantherkatzchen'
(Panther Kitten, 1915) and Taumel (Ecstasy, 1920).