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Anne Sexton's poems are brutally honest, often controversial, and always thought-provoking.  Her work continues to dazzle new generations of readers and listeners.

On this recording, made shortly before her death in 1974, Ms. Sexton reads twenty-four poems selected from different periods in her creative life, all in a dramatic, resonant voice that complements the deeply per

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Published January 1st 1993 by Caedmon (first published 1992)
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Ilze
Aug 22, 2008 Ilze rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, I forgot she'll have an American accent (!) and that her voice will be quite low (like a good alto) and raspy because she smoked so much. It's quite sing-song, but hearing it rather than reading it, makes it a novelty.

Since she reads the poems from Rowing the recording was presumably done shortly before the end of her life. By this time she must've read some of those poems to audiences a dozen times - could this be why she almost seems to sing them?
Holly
Mar 31, 2007 Holly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
If you have never heard Anne Sexton read her poetry in her own voice this is an experience even the casual reader will benefit from. Here she sounds like she has just smoked a pack of cigarettes while facing down every regret and then looks up to find herself with an audience. Mesmerizing.
Heather Robinson
Love Sexton.
There is drama here-- but what good poetess isn't a tortured soul. Even so, she is authentic and raw.

From an era, where women were voicing themselves freely, she relishes this freedom. Strong, lovely, brazen. She gives perspective of the not quite discarded lover in "We all know the story of the other woman" or coping with aging when so much value is tied up in the fleeing maidens -- Youth and Beauty. I find her topics both saucy and brazen.

I think she wished to be Plath. Yet she
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Anne Sexton once told a journalist that her fans thought she got better, but actually, she just became a poet. These words are characteristic of a talented poet that received therapy for years, but committed suicide in spite of this. The poetry fed her art, but it also imprisoned her in a way.

Her parents didn’t expect much of her academically, and after completing her schooling at Rogers Hall, sh
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