Anne Sexton

Anne Sexton
Newton, Massachusetts
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an American poet, known for her highly personal, confessional verse. She won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1967. Themes of her poetry include her suicidal tendencies, long battle against depression and various intimate details from her private life, including her relationships with her husband and children.

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45 Mercy Street
In my dream,
drilling into the marrow
of my entire bone,
my real dream,
After Auschwitz
as black as a hook,
overtakes me.
Each day,
It is in the small things we see it.
The child's first step,
as awesome as an earthquake.
The first time you rode a bike,
Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty)
a girl who keeps slipping off,
arms limp as old carrots,
into the hypnotist's trance,
Anna Who Was Mad
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?
Popular Quotes
20 April 2016
“As it has been said: Love and a cough cannot be concealed. Even a small cough. Even a small love.”
20 April 2016
“Watch out for intellect, because it knows so much it knows nothing and leaves you hanging upside down, mouthing knowledge as your heart falls out of your mouth.”
20 April 2016
“Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard.”
20 April 2016
“Anne, I dont want to live. . . . Now listen, life is lovely, but I Cant Live It. I cant even explain. I know how silly it sounds . . . but if you knew how it Felt. To be alive, yes, alive, but not be able to live it. Ay thats the rub. I am like a stone that lives . . . locked outside of all thats real. . . . Anne, do you know of such things, can you hear???? I wish, or think I wish, that I were dying of something for then I could be brave, but to be not dying, and yet . . . and yet to [be] behind a wall, watching everyone fit in where I cant, to talk behind a gray foggy wall, to live but to not reach or to reach wrong . . . to do it all wrong . . . believe me, (can you?) . . . whats wrong. I want to belong. Im like a jew who ends up in the wrong country. Im not a part. Im not a member. Im frozen.”
20 April 2016
“As for me, I am a watercolor. I wash off.”


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she's a queen of goth apparitions, empathizing with my wild sensibility, I love her. don't ytry to understand, that nexus is beyond the flux of our disentangled conscience stream ...
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Charlie puth 09 October 2018
Today on things that didnt happen. Marvin is gay
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Ur mom gay 02 October 2018
No u??????????????????????????
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Harlean 22 September 2018
She wanted to be Sylvia Plath so bad that it hurt.
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Cammy Michelson 27 May 2018
A beautiful, unsettling work of art. A summary of a tortured and torturing life.
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Ellie 11 May 2018
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Buttetflly 01 May 2018
Great poems
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Jon Holloway 07 April 2018
I had to read it several times but it sunk in nicely. I may have to read it again.
8 2 Reply
Your poetry is heart touching
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sexton 21 February 2018
dude her poems are so deep and some are very relatable in a lot of situations in my life
6 3 Reply
Like your poems
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Russ B 23 November 2016
Some people can be extremely judgemental and by being so miss entirely the whole point of the bigger picture. Anne Sexton was a brilliant poet and wrote many excellent pieces of poetry and at close of day it is the poetry that really matters.
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Stephen W 27 July 2016
Read her bio. She was a crazy person. They say she is 'modern model of a poet. This is very sad. Poetry does not have to be about madness. Lunacy is what it is. It's not poetic, just horrible suffering.
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Lindsay Macdonald 07 February 2016
Her words are simply breathtaking. It is confessionalism, said plainly in its truest form without ever being meaningless.
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Lydia Kim 29 November 2014
She's so eloquent and her words have such a pure depth. They're so honest and neither said with good nor bad intentions. Anne Sexton will live on in me and I'm sure in many others.
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S B 05 May 2014
Has many beautiful poems written, pointing out one of my favorites, Red Roses
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