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45 Mercy Street

Rating: 3.7

In my dream,
drilling into the marrow
of my entire bone,
my real dream,
I'm walking up and down Beacon Hill
searching for a street sign -
Not there.

I try the Back Bay.

Not there.
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Charles Goddard 28 February 2009

Captivating. Moving. Found out about her work through the Peter Gabriel song 'Mercy Street.' We are all looking for the place. We all know what it looks like. Will any of us ever find it, though? Brought tears to my eyes...

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Michael Gale 12 September 2006

I cannot fathom that no one has read or commented on Anne Sexton's works. She was a giantess of poetic talent of confessional poetry. It seems that many of confessional poets suffer severely with depression and usually or already have commited suicide or is sure to take one's own life. Fish in a pocketbook is very imaginative and even more so to take them out and throw them at her street sign which probably symbolizes her life and depressed wish to end her life as living on this earth. Great poem-i give it a ten. God bless all poets-MJG.

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Joe Montana 26 January 2018

Very strong

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Annie Rich 23 April 2009

Ann was a brilliant poet, the command of the written word.....breathtaking Oh Ann I wish you were still here.

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Mel Bohrer 21 March 2009

Anne used some wonderful analogies, here. I wish I had written this!

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Sylvia Frances Chan 31 August 2021

Great poem of the great North American Poetess!

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Meshach EJ 31 August 2021

Scintillating ????

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Sylvia Frances Chan 30 August 2021

Most deserving Modern Poem Of The Day.5 Stars full for this sad poem by the famous great Poetess Anne Sexton

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Christopher Truman 02 October 2020

One of the worst poems ever written, Disorganised garbage

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Shaun Cronick 27 May 2020

Tragedy was an under statement for such a brilliant poetess and likewise a poor woman who tragically ended her own life.

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