Anne Sexton

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

The Ballad Of The Lonely Masturbator


The end of the affair is always death.
She's my workshop. Slippery eye,
out of the tribe of myself my breath
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  • Rookie A.J. Chilson (11/9/2011 3:35:00 PM)

    This poem appeared in Anne Sexton's book Love Poems (1969) . I ordered a copy of it years ago at, get this, a Christian bookstore. The Cup Filler, in McKinney, Texas (in case you're curious) . And, ironically, they had one in stock.

    But never mind the story behind how I got the book, though. The Ballad Of The Lonely Masturbator is definitely my favorite Anne Sexton poem. I totally relate to the subject matter and how she speaks, even though I happen of the other gender.

    It's a shame there aren't too many good authors around today that can write the kind of stuff Anne Sexton wrote. She certaainly was one of a kind. Her kind, that is! (Report) Reply

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