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Anna Who Was Mad - Poem by Anne Sexton

Anna who was mad,
I have a knife in my armpit.
When I stand on tiptoe I tap out messages.
Am I some sort of infection?
Did I make you go insane?
Did I make the sounds go sour?
Did I tell you to climb out the window?
Forgive. Forgive.
Say not I did.
Say not.
Say.

Speak Mary-words into our pillow.
Take me the gangling twelve-year-old
into your sunken lap.
Whisper like a buttercup.
Eat me. Eat me up like cream pudding.
Take me in.
Take me.
Take.

Give me a report on the condition of my soul.
Give me a complete statement of my actions.
Hand me a jack-in-the-pulpit and let me listen in.
Put me in the stirrups and bring a tour group through.
Number my sins on the grocery list and let me buy.
Did I make you go insane?
Did I turn up your earphone and let a siren drive through?
Did I open the door for the mustached psychiatrist
who dragged you out like a gold cart?
Did I make you go insane?
From the grave write me, Anna!
You are nothing but ashes but nevertheless
pick up the Parker Pen I gave you.
Write me.
Write.


Comments about Anna Who Was Mad by Anne Sexton

  • Rookie - 184 Points Brian Jani (5/5/2014 3:52:00 AM)

    This poem wad written superbly (Report) Reply

    4 person liked.
    1 person did not like.
  • Gold Star - 22,327 Points * Sunprincess * (11/25/2013 11:03:00 PM)

    I can honestly say this is one of the most interesting poems I have ever read
    beautifully penned on a very sad human condition of the mentally ill..
    so heart-breaking... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie L. K. Thayer (12/25/2007 5:07:00 AM)

    'number my sins on the grocery list and let me buy' - she is a high wire act, so dangerous, no net, I gasp as she dares us to watch (Report) Reply

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Poems About Anna

  1. 1. Anna Who Was Mad , Anne Sexton
  2. 2. * I Leave My Heart With You * , Sulaiman Mohd Yusof
  3. 3. Mock Panegyric On A Young Friend , Jane Austen
  4. 4. Anna, Thy Charms , Robert Burns
  5. 5. Anna Comnena , Constantine P. Cavafy
  6. 6. An Electric Sign Goes Dark , Carl Sandburg
  7. 7. Anna Dalassené , Constantine P. Cavafy
  8. 8. The Greatest Thing In North America , Delmore Schwartz
  9. 9. The Shooting Of John Dillinger Outside T.. , David Wagoner
  10. 10. A Poetical Epistle To Lady Austen , William Cowper
  11. 11. Victor , WH Auden
  12. 12. An Ode - Humbly Inscribed To The Queen, .. , Matthew Prior
  13. 13. Gipsy Song , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  14. 14. Gemini And Virgo , Charles Stuart Calverley
  15. 15. A Letter To Monsieur Boileau Despreaux, .. , Matthew Prior
  16. 16. An Ode To Anna Russell, On Her Birthday , Chuck Audette
  17. 17. Sonnet X. To Mrs. G , Charlotte Smith
  18. 18. An Impromptu - Ii , Oliver Wendell Holmes
  19. 19. Er Giorno Der Giudizzio ( On Judgement D.. , Giuseppe Gioacchino Belli
  20. 20. To A Lady, Offended By A Sportive Observ.. , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  21. 21. On Queen Anne's Peace, Anno 1713 , Thomas Parnell
  22. 22. Cupid Caught Napping , Ellis Parker Butler
  23. 23. To Anna , Amelia Opie
  24. 24. Da Vinci Painting The Mona Lisa , Chuck Audette
  25. 25. The Viceroy. A Ballad. , Matthew Prior
  26. 26. Do They Hear? , Joseph S. Josephides
  27. 27. *anim Na Rosas By Raymund Rodillo , Raymund Rodillo
  28. 28. ‘i’m Anna! ’ - Movement: Poem On Corrupt.. , Dr John Celes
  29. 29. The Ghetto , Lola Ridge
  30. 30. The Fairy Thorn , Sir Samuel Ferguson
  31. 31. Incorrect Speaking , Charles Lamb
  32. 32. The Confidant , Charles Lamb
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  34. 34. God's Kind Of Poetry , Diane Hine
  35. 35. The Changeling ( From The Tent On The Be.. , John Greenleaf Whittier
  36. 36. The Gaudy Flower , Ann Taylor
  37. 37. Verses - Spoken To Lady Henrietta Cavend.. , Matthew Prior
  38. 38. Anna Likes Razel Puppet , Suzae Chevalier
  39. 39. % The Short Story Of Anna % , Abby Keen Harris
  40. 40. Ode To Anna Nicole Smith , Nadalia Bagratuni
  41. 41. Stone Of Your Country , lovita j r morang
  42. 42. Captive Conquerors , Jessie Pope
  43. 43. A C T C - 2014/09 Entries - Poem Hunter .. , Brian Johnston
  44. 44. Anna Hazare , Sunil Uniyal
  45. 45. Tale Xvi , George Crabbe
  46. 46. A Will Willfully Left , Tyler Smith
  47. 47. The Spirit Of Discovery By Sea - Book Th.. , William Lisle Bowles
  48. 48. Anna Hazarre... , Thampi KEE
  49. 49. Origin Of Maducayan , MELVIN BANGGOLLAY
  50. 50. Ben Backstay , Charles Dibdin
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