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Anne Sexton

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Joshua Johannsen

on 29 September 2011

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Transcript of Anne Sexton

Anne Sexton Wrote about her suicidal tendencies, her battle against depression and intimate details about her own life. On October 4, 1974, Sexton had lunch with poet Maxine Kumin to revise galleys for Sexton's manuscript of The Awful Rowing Toward God, scheduled for publication in March 1975 (Middlebrook 396). On returning home she put on her mother's old fur coat, poured herself a glass of vodka, locked herself in her garage, and started the engine of her car, committing suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning. Sexton suffered from severe mental illness for much of her life. Her first manic episode took place in 1954. After a second breakdown in 1955 she met Dr Martin Orne, who was to become her long-term therapist at the Glenside Hospital. He encouraged her to take up poetry. Sexton's poetic life was further encouraged by her mentor W.D. Snodgrass, whom she met at the Antioch Writer's Conference in 1957. His poem "Heart's Needle" proved inspirational for her in its theme of separation from his three-year-old daughter. She first read the poem at a time when her own young daughter was living with Sexton's mother-in-law. She, in turn, wrote "The Double Image", a poem which explores the multi-generational relationship between mother and daughter. Sexton began writing letters to Snodgrass and they became friends.
While working with John Holmes, Sexton encountered Maxine Kumin. They became good friends and remained so for the rest of Sexton's life. Kumin and Sexton rigorously critiqued each other's work and wrote four children's books together. In the late 1960s the manic elements of Sexton's illness began to affect her career, though she still wrote and published work and gave readings of her poetry. She also collaborated with musicians, forming a jazz-rock group called "Her Kind" that added music to her poetry. Her play "Mercy Street" was produced in 1969 after several years of revisions. [7]

Within twelve years of writing her first sonnet, she was one of the most honored poets in America: a Pulitzer Prize winner, a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature [and] the first female member of the Harvard chapter of Phi Beta Kappa Anne Sexton Quotes!
"Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard."

“The joy that isn't shared dies young.”

“Even without wars, life is dangerous.”

“God owns heaven but He craves the earth.”

“Death's in the good-bye.”

“I've grown tired of love, You are the trouble with me, I watch you walk right by”

“Saints have no moderation, nor do poets, just exuberance.” Facts

Sexton was close friends with Sylvia Plath.

release of tapes from Sexton’s therapy sessions stirred debates over patient-client confidentiality

In the tapes, Sexton intimated that she may have molested her daughter.

Won the Pulitzer in 1967 for her collection Live or Die.

Sexton’s poetry appeared in such noted publications as The New Yorker and Harper’s Review
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