Anne Sexton

(9 November 1928 – 4 October 1974 / Newton, Massachusetts)

Anne Sexton Poems

161. The Poet Of Ignorance 3/29/2010
162. The Red Dance 3/29/2010
163. The Road Back 3/29/2010
164. The Room Of My Life 3/29/2010
165. The Stand-Ins 3/29/2010
166. The Starry Night 3/29/2010
167. The Touch 3/29/2010
168. The Truth The Dead Know 6/27/2006
169. The Twelve Dancing Princesses 3/29/2010
170. The Waiting Head 3/29/2010
171. The Wedding Ring Dance 3/29/2010
172. The Wifebeater 3/29/2010
173. The Witch's Life 3/29/2010
174. To A Friend Whose Work Has Come To Triumph 3/29/2010
175. Torn Down From Glory Daily 3/29/2010
176. Unknown Girl In A Maternity Ward 3/29/2010
177. Us 3/29/2010
178. Wallflower 3/29/2010
179. Wanting To Die 3/29/2010
180. What's That 3/29/2010
181. When Man Enters Woman 3/29/2010
182. Where I Live In This Honorable House Of The Laurel Tree 3/29/2010
183. Where It Was At Back Then 3/29/2010
184. With Mercy For The Greedy 3/29/2010
185. Woman With Girdle 3/29/2010
186. Words 3/29/2010
187. You, Doctor Martin 3/29/2010
188. Young 3/29/2010
Best Poem of Anne Sexton

For John, Who Begs Me Not To Enquire Further

Not that it was beautiful,
but that, in the end, there was
a certain sense of order there;
something worth learning
in that narrow diary of my mind,
in the commonplaces of the asylum
where the cracked mirror
or my own selfish death
outstared me.
And if I tried
to give you something else,
something outside of myself,
you would not know
that the worst of anyone
can be, finally,
an accident of hope.
I tapped my own head;
it was a glass, an inverted bowl.
It is a small thing
to rage in your own bowl.
At first it was private.
Then it ...

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The Kiss

My mouth blooms like a cut.
I've been wronged all year, tedious
nights, nothing but rough elbows in them
and delicate boxes of Kleenex calling crybaby
crybaby, you fool!

Before today my body was useless.
Now it's tearing at its square corners.
It's tearing old Mary's garments off, knot by knot

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