Anne Sexton Reads
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Anne Sexton Reads

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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 pers...more
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Published July 7th 1999 by Caedmon (first published 1992)
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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?
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.
this recording is the reason why i don't smoke. her voice is horrible. (her poetry is brilliant.)
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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...more
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