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Crossing the Water by Sylvia Plath
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Dec 18, 09

bookshelves: english-language-poetry
Read in December, 2009

My favorites: "Candles"; "Last Words"; "A Life" (especially the ending); the bit about the sheep's slot-like eyes in "Wuthering Heights". An atmospheric collection that balances tenuously between the stonily impersonal (The Colossus) and the blazingly personal (Ariel).

An excerpt from "Last Words":

"I do not trust the spirit. It escapes like steam
In dreams, through mouth-hole or eye-hole. I can't stop it.
One day it won't come back. Things aren't like that.
They stay, their little particular lusters
Warmed by much handling."

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