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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 - 178 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 - 14,840 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. Anna Dalassené , Constantine P. Cavafy
  7. 7. An Electric Sign Goes Dark , Carl Sandburg
  8. 8. The Greatest Thing In North America , Delmore Schwartz
  9. 9. A Poetical Epistle To Lady Austen , William Cowper
  10. 10. Victor , WH Auden
  11. 11. An Ode - Humbly Inscribed To The Queen, .. , Matthew Prior
  12. 12. The Shooting Of John Dillinger Outside T.. , David Wagoner
  13. 13. Gipsy Song , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  14. 14. A Letter To Monsieur Boileau Despreaux, .. , Matthew Prior
  15. 15. Sonnet X. To Mrs. G , Charlotte Smith
  16. 16. An Impromptu - Ii , Oliver Wendell Holmes
  17. 17. To A Lady, Offended By A Sportive Observ.. , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  18. 18. Cupid Caught Napping , Ellis Parker Butler
  19. 19. To Anna , Amelia Opie
  20. 20. The Viceroy. A Ballad. , Matthew Prior
  21. 21. Do They Hear? , Joseph S. Josephides
  22. 22. *anim Na Rosas By Raymund Rodillo , Raymund Rodillo
  23. 23. ‘i’m Anna! ’ - Movement: Poem On Corrupt.. , Dr John Celes
  24. 24. Gemini And Virgo , Charles Stuart Calverley
  25. 25. The Ghetto , Lola Ridge
  26. 26. An Ode To Anna Russell, On Her Birthday , Chuck Audette
  27. 27. The Fairy Thorn , Sir Samuel Ferguson
  28. 28. Incorrect Speaking , Charles Lamb
  29. 29. Er Giorno Der Giudizzio ( On Judgement D.. , Giuseppe Gioacchino Belli
  30. 30. The Confidant , Charles Lamb
  31. 31. On Queen Anne's Peace, Anno 1713 , Thomas Parnell
  32. 32. God's Kind Of Poetry , Diane Hine
  33. 33. The Changeling ( From The Tent On The Be.. , John Greenleaf Whittier
  34. 34. The Gaudy Flower , Ann Taylor
  35. 35. Verses - Spoken To Lady Henrietta Cavend.. , Matthew Prior
  36. 36. Anna Likes Razel Puppet , Suzae Chevalier
  37. 37. % The Short Story Of Anna % , Abby Keen Harris
  38. 38. Ode To Anna Nicole Smith , Nadalia Bagratuni
  39. 39. Da Vinci Painting The Mona Lisa , Chuck Audette
  40. 40. Stone Of Your Country , lovita j r morang
  41. 41. Captive Conquerors , Jessie Pope
  42. 42. A C T C - 2014/09 Entries - Poem Hunter .. , Brian Johnston
  43. 43. Anna Hazare , Sunil Uniyal
  44. 44. Tale Xvi , George Crabbe
  45. 45. Corruption In India , Dr John Celes
  46. 46. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Crime .. , Frank Lisa IndiRa Francesca ..
  47. 47. A Will Willfully Left , Tyler Smith
  48. 48. The Spirit Of Discovery By Sea - Book Th.. , William Lisle Bowles
  49. 49. Anna Hazarre... , Thampi KEE
  50. 50. Origin Of Maducayan , MELVIN BANGGOLLAY
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