poet Anne Sexton

Anne Sexton

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Anne Sexton Quotes

  • ''“As it has been said:
    Love and a cough
    cannot be concealed.
    Even a small cough.
    Even a small love.”''
    Anne Sexton
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  • ''“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.” ''
    Anne Sexton, The Complete Poems
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  • ''“Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard.” ''
    Anne Sexton
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  • ''“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.” ''
    Anne Sexton, Anne Sexton: A Self-Portrait in Letters
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  • ''“As for me, I am a watercolor.
    I wash off.” ''
    Anne Sexton
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  • ''“I am stuffing your mouth with your
    promises and watching
    you vomit them out upon my face.” ''
    Anne Sexton, The Complete Poems
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  • ''“Even so, I must admire your skill.
    You are so gracefully insane.” ''
    Anne Sexton
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  • ''“I am alone here in my own mind.
    There is no map
    and there is no road.
    It is one of a kind
    just as yours is.” ''
    Anne Sexton
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  • ''“Live or die, but dont poison everything.” ''
    Anne Sexton
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  • ''“I like you; your eyes are full of language."

    [Letter to Anne Clarke, July 3, 1964.]” ''
    Anne Sexton
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Best Poem of Anne Sexton

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?
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...

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Her Kind

have gone out, a possessed witch,
haunting the black air, braver at night;
dreaming evil, I have done my hitch
over the plain houses, light by light:
lonely thing, twelve-fingered, out of mind.
A woman like that is not a woman, quite.
I have been her kind.

I have found the warm caves in the woods,