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Love Poems by Anne Sexton
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Aug 18, 11

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Read from August 11 to 18, 2011

I think perhaps that Anne Sexton gets a little overlooked sometimes, perhaps a little overshadowed by Plath (don't get me wrong - I love Plath). But this collection of poetry is great. Sexton writes from the woman's body and does so so sensually, yet she manages to make these poems (narrative of a love affair) politically motivated. She creates a world where the difference between people can melt into a union of tenderness. Excellent collection.

From "Eighteen Days Without You"

December 11th

Then I think of you in bed,
your tongue half chocolate, half ocean,
of the houses that you swing into,
of the steel wool hair on your head,
of your persistent hands and then
how we gnaw at the barrier because we are two.

How you come and take my blood cup
and link me together and take my brine.
We are bare. We are stripped to the bone
and we swim in tandem and go up and up
the river, the identical river called Mine
and we enter together. No one's alone.
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