Anne Sexton
Newton, Massachusetts
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Anna Who Was Mad

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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.
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COMMENTS
Khairul Ahsan 28 September 2020
'From the grave write me, Anna! ' - A heart touching appeal!
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Mahtab Bangalee 28 September 2020
Give me a report on the condition of my soul. Give me a complete statement of my actions ........ pick up the Parker Pen I gave you. Write me. Write....this the sense of sanity where poem dug out the true self by the complete statement of action and writing; superbly penned this poem
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Sylvia Frances Chan 28 September 2020
Brilliantly created on a saddest theme, insanity. OR is it about her alter ego, Anna instead of her own name Anne. I cannot say than Great Poetess Anne Sexton was truly great creating magnificent poems about the self. She committed suicide. Very tragic. She is a great Poetess. Congratulations to her family for having won this great Poem Hunter Prize The Modern Poem Of The Day! .
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Deluke Muwanigwa 28 September 2020
Good gothic stuff. Ana is in the asylum or dead now. So answer the questions in the poem. Did you? Did you? Did you make Ana insane. If Anna cant stand for herself because you did God will do. So you are not off the hook. Did you? Did you?
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Dr Antony Theodore 28 September 2020
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. A good message. tony
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Chinedu Dike 12 October 2019
Well expressed thoughts and feelings. An insightful work of art. Thanks for sharing.
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Nicole Settimi 07 September 2018
'Give me a report on the condition of my soul. Give me a complete statement of my actions.' - astonishing in its brilliance. Her delivery was so biting and raw. Xx NDS
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C. Galeotti 02 July 2017
love this poem above the earth
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Brian Mawadri 27 February 2017
Love this poem, for it was well written......................
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Brian Jani 05 May 2014
This poem wad written superbly
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