Monty Gilmer

(3/30/1951 / Bristol, Virginia)

The Advice That Anne Sexton Said She Would Give To A Young Poet


(A found poem from 'The Art of Poetry XV, ' an interview with
Anne Sexton, in THE PARIS REVIEW, Summer 1971)

'Be careful who your
critics are. Be specific.
Tell almost the whole
story. Put your ear close down
to your soul and listen hard.'

Submitted: Tuesday, October 09, 2012
Edited: Wednesday, October 10, 2012

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An interviewer once asked American poet Anne Sexton what advice she would give to a young poet. In this found poem of mine I have quoted Anne Sexton's reply to that question.

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