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The Book of Folly

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Unknown Binding, 105 pages
Published January 1st 1972 by Houghton Mifflin
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Crito
May 07, 2016 Crito rated it liked it
Anne Sexton as a poet is excellent with her strong presence, sense of flow, and unsettling imagery. She can't really carry it over to the short story format however, which accounts for about a third of this collection. Her strengths as a poet get tangled up when it comes to telling a story in prose, and it comes out as a weird hybrid that, while unique, isn't quite satisfying as either poem or short story. The book is still worth it for the poems though.
Dyani
Jul 14, 2007 Dyani rated it liked it
Anne Sexton was a woman with pain. Many parts of this book took my breath away, but much of it did not hit the mark in a meaningful way for me. It was not necessarily too strange, it was just too far outside the realm of my own emotional/poetic sphere.
Sarah
Sep 02, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Dark and treacherous introspective poetry. Nevertheless, it flows effortlessly and soars to dizzying emotional heights. The whole collection is peppered with Freudian allusions, but oh well. Her imagery, no matter how metaphoric, dazzles.
Edward Zeauskas
“Angel of clean sheets, do you know bedbugs
Once in a madhouse they came like specks of cinnamon
As I lay in a chloral cave of drugs,
As old as a dog, as quiet as a skeleton.
Little bits of dried blood. One hundred marks
Upon the sheet, one hundred kisses in the dark.”
- Pg,58 Angel of Clean Sheets

I like Sexton, I always have. She understands pain, she knows what its like to feel everything, all at once. These are poems by someone who has experienced what it is like to walk the line between genius
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Jun 29, 2014 Sophia Nuñez rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
These are poems to sink your teeth into, poems to read aloud and embody in a stricken voice, poems to digest line by line.
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Nov 20, 2012 k rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
They tore off their ears like safety pins.
Their arms fell off them and became hats.
Their heads rolled off and sang down the street.
And their feet -- oh God, their feet in the market place --
their feet, those two beetles, ran for the corner
and then danced forth as if they were proud.
Surely, people exclaimed,
surely they are mechanical. Otherwise ...
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Nov 23, 2013 Brian rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
I was very glad to see that I still liked AS after Transformations. I was worried it was a one-off thing, but it seems I just prefer her later work.
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Oct 02, 2013 Shane rated it it was amazing
If you are interested in Anne Sexton start with this collection, The Awful Rowing towards God and To Bedlam And Part Way Back.
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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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