The Complete Poems
From the joy and anguish of her own experience, Sexton fashioned poems that told truths about the inner lives of men and women. This book comprises Sexton's ten volumes of verse, including the Pulitzer Prize-winner Live or Die, as well as seven poems from her last years.
and then To my Little girl, My Stringbean
The motherly advice that "Dear Linda, Women are born twice"
Her words are perfect in so many ways.
There are poems that go too far for my to enjoy them - I like some darkness in life, but I've been through my melodramatic stage already...so I don't need it quite as much....
that aside - read Transformations in its entirety - the reveal it gives to fairytales is a fabulou...more
I take the book everywhere and it is not dog-eared because I take care of it. I am especially fond of her love poems. "Just an ordinary hand, longing for something to touch that touches back." You...more
Here's a poem I'm digging:
Jesus Suckles by Anne Sexton, from Book of Folly, 1972
Mary, your great
white apples make me glad.
I feel your heart work its
machine and I doze like a fly.
I cough like a bird on its worm.
I’m a jelly-baby and you’re my...more
Dawn Pendergast rated it: (3 stars - review of isbn 0395329353)
"I'm in this workshop and I have this poem and Kathleen Fraser says that if I don't take every pronoun out of my poem I run the risk of seeming confessional which is "at the worst, Anne Sexton, and at the best, Sylvia Plath." I felt stomped on. Not because she was right about my poem, but because I became aware...more
I don't think I could write a review that could explain my love appropriately. As I was reading I marked my favorite poems from each section.
To Bedlam and Part Way Back (1960):
You, Doctor Martin
Some Foreign Letters
Where I Live in This Honorable House of the Laurel Tree
All My Pretty Ones (1962):
The Starry Night
Love Song for K. Owyne
Live or Die (1966):
Imitations of Drowning
Love Poems (1969):
For My Lover, Returning to His Wife
My favorite poem of hers:
For My Lover, Returning To His Wife
She is all there.
She was melted carefully down for you
and cast up from your childhood,
cast up from your one hundred favorite aggies.
She has always been there, my da...more
"At first hunger is not wrong...it is you my silence harms." -Unknown Girl in the Maternity Ward
"My father, time meanwhile has made it unimportant who you are looking for...Only in this hoarded spans will love persevere. Whether you are pretty or not, I outlive you, bend down my strange face to yours and forgive you." -All My Pretty Ones
"I promise you love. Time will not take away that." -The Fortress
"You did it. You are the evil. It was the day meant for m...more
One of my favourite examples of Sexton's whimsy is this verse from Letter Written on a Ferry While Crossing Long Island...more
There are certain poets whose names I have seen and automatically wanted to read. Anne Sexton is one of them. Maybe it was the ‘sex’ in her last name that grabbed my attention. I am a teenage boy and all.
Maybe it's the picture of her on the cover of her Collected Poems, though I bought her Selected Poems first. I gave that a...more
It is in the small things we see it.
the child's first step,
as awesome as an earthquake.
The first time you rode a bike,
wallowing up the widewalk.
The first spanking when your heart
went on a journey all alone.
When they called you a crybaby
or poor or fatty or crazy
and made you into an alien,
you drank their acid
and concealed it.
if you faced the death of bombs and bullets
you did not do it with a banner,
you did it with only a hat to
6/4/11: Oh jeezus, it's been almost a year since I started this and I've gotten about halfway. I guess I could blame it on law school, but I've not even cracked this one in MONTHS, and I don't feel particularly compelled to... I should...more
but the one thing that can't be taught is coming up with a single delicious line of about five to nine words which are completely sublime
my favorite poets can weave wonderful stories both large and small but they can also deliver a line that knocks you on our ass...(collins, dickinson, bukowski, borges, jeffers and now I add sexton to my list)
"It is a small thing to rage in your own bow...more
Anne Sexton is definitely an important poet, in terms of adding a new, female voice to the world of poetry (exhibit A: 'In Celebration of My Uterus'). And I'm sure that at the time, her work was indeed very controversial and it must not have been easy to write what she wrote.
That said, reading her "Complete Poems" is just overkill. She's a woman first, a poet second. Almost all her poems are about being female. After a while, each poem sounds the same as the last one. There just isn't...more
You, Doctor Martin.
The division of parts.
Snow White and the seven dwarves.
Red riding hood.
Hansel and Gretel.
45 Mercy St.
The falling dolls.
i mean, i miss the days of the type-writers, because then you could see how a poem progressed. however, this includes the "transformations" series, as well as some posthumous works.
Her parents didn’t expect much of her academically, and after completing her schooling at Rogers Hall, sh...more
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because it knows so much it knows nothing
and leaves you hanging upside down,
mouthing knowledge as your heart
falls out of your mouth.”
It must be a wave you want to glide in on,
give your body to it, give your laugh to it,
give, when the gravelly sand takes you,
your tears to the land. To love another is something
like prayer and can't be planned, you just fall
into its arms because your belief undoes your disbelief.”