The Complete Poems

Ö The Complete Poems ✓ Anne Sexton Maxine Kumin - The Complete Poems, The Complete Poems From the joy and anguish of her own experience Sexton fashioned poems that told truths about the inner lives of men and women This book comprises Sexton s ten volumes of verse including the Pulitzer

  • Title: The Complete Poems
  • Author: Anne Sexton Maxine Kumin
  • ISBN: 9780395957769
  • Page: 280
  • Format: Paperback

Ö The Complete Poems ✓ Anne Sexton Maxine Kumin, The Complete Poems, Anne Sexton Maxine Kumin, The Complete Poems From the joy and anguish of her own experience Sexton fashioned poems that told truths about the inner lives of men and women This book comprises Sexton s ten volumes of verse including the Pulitzer Prize winner Live or Die as well as seven poems from her last years Ö The Complete Poems ✓ Anne Sexton Maxine Kumin - The Complete Poems, The Complete Poems From the joy and anguish of her own experience Sexton fashioned poems that told truths about the inner lives of men and women This book comprises Sexton s ten volumes of verse including the Pulitzer

  • Ö The Complete Poems ✓ Anne Sexton Maxine Kumin
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The Complete Poems

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  1. Anne Sexton Maxine Kumin

    Anne Sexton once told a journalist that her fans thought she got better, but actually, she just became a poet These words are characteristic of a talented poet that received therapy for years, but committed suicide in spite of this The poetry fed her art, but it also imprisoned her in a way Her parents didn t expect much of her academically, and after completing her schooling at Rogers Hall, she went to a finishing school in Boston Anne met her husband, Kayo Alfred Muller Sexton II , in 1948 by correspondence Her mother advised her to elope after she thought she might be pregnant Anne and Kayo got married in 1948 in North Carolina After the honeymoon Kayo started working at his father in law s wool business In 1953 Anne gave birth to her first born, Linda Gray Two years later Linda s sister, Joyce Ladd, was born But Anne couldn t cope with the pressure of two small children over and above Kayo s frequent absence due to work Shortly after Joy was born, Anne was admitted to Westwood Lodge where she was treated by the psychiatrist Dr Martha Brunner Orne and six months later, her son, Dr Martin Orne, took over The original diagnosis was for post natal depression, but the psychologists later decided that Anne suffered from depression of biological nature While she was receiving psychiatric treatment, Anne started writing poetry It all started after another suicide attempt, when Orne came to her and told her that she still has a purpose in life At that stage she was convinced that she could only become a prostitute Orne showed her another talent that she had, and her first poetry appeared in print in January 1957 She wrote a huge amount of poetry that was published in a dozen poetry books In 1967 she became the proud recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Live or Die 1966 In March 1972 Anne and Kayo got divorced After this a desperate kind of loneliness took over her life Her addiction to pills and alcohol worsened Without Kayo the house was very quiet, the children were at college and most of Anne s friends were avoiding her because they could no longer sympathize with her growing problems Her poetry started playing such a major role in her life that conflicts were written out, rather than being faced Anne didn t mention a word to Kayo about her intention to get divorced He knew that she desperately needed him, but her poems, and her real feelings toward him, put it differently Kayo talks about it in an interview as follows I honestly don t know, never have known, what her real, driving motive was in the divorce Which is another reason why it absolutely drove me into the floor like a nail when she did it On 4 October 1974 she put on her mother s old fur coat before, glass of vodka in hand, she climbed into her car, turned the key and died of monodioxide inhalation She once told Orne that I feel like my mother whenever I put it the fur coat on Her oldest daughter, Linda, was appointed as literary executor and we have her to thank for the three poetry books that appeared posthumously.


  1. strings are incurably playinge composer has stepped into fire I devoured The Complete Poems of Anne Sexton, whose poetry, especially her love poems, quivers with a pulsating eros as it sways to its orgiastic echoes My nerves are turned on I hear them likemusical instruments Where there was silencethe drums, the strings are incurably playing You did this.Pure genius at work Darling, the composer has steppedinto fire From The Kiss Hers was a tragic life, throughout most of which she suffered sever [...]

  2. Sexton is a bit of an obsession of mine I ve been reading her poetry since I was a teenager, and almost wrote my dissertation on her She s often compared to Sylvia Plath who was her friend , but her poetry is very different Where Plath is something of an intellectual poet and a meticulous craftsman, Sexton is dramatic and playful she doesn t have the same control of language as Plath, but she is a little accessible Plath was an introvert, but Sexton loved to perform for an audience and her poe [...]

  3. I m in this workshop and I have this poem and Kathleen Fraser says that if I don t take every pronoun out of my poem I run the risk of seeming confessional which is at the worst, Anne Sexton, and at the best, Sylvia Plath I felt stomped on Not because she was right about my poem, but because I became aware that everyone could see me doing it, reading the complete Sexton, cover to cover one spring in college I can see me beside the pool reading it and I m thinking fuck you Kathleen, because every [...]

  4. Someone once said that we have art in order not to die of the truth, a dictum we might neatly apply to Sexton s perspectives To Hayden Carruth, the poems raise the never solved problem of what literature really is, where you draw the line between art and documentary Maxine Kumin in her Foreword Sexton s poetry transcends the shamelessly personal because, unlike Plath, she did not disguise herself behind metaphors not in the least as cerebrally as Plath, anyway And in doing so, she rendered herse [...]

  5. Disclaimer ARC via Open Road Media and Netgalley I was first introduced to Anne Sexton in college during an American Poetry class Actually, I was introduced to Sexton s poetry because by that time she was long dead Shortly afterwards, I read her Transformations which will always be one of my favorite books In her poetic retellings of various Brother Grimm stories, from the most famous to less well known, Sexton shows how fairy tales are still current and powerful, and still can be connected to t [...]

  6. I have not read much poetry in the 15 years I have been alive I have read the poems that are required, expected, to be read in school, but that is pretty much where it ends.There are certain poets whose names I have seen and automatically wanted to read Anne Sexton is one of them Maybe it was the sex in her last name that grabbed my attention I am a teenage boy and all.Maybe it s the picture of her on the cover of her Collected Poems, though I bought her Selected Poems first I gave that away The [...]

  7. What can I say about Anne Sexton She s incomparable perhaps wholly unique in the history of women s poetry I d like to review each of her books separately at some point, which is why I ve kept this on my shelf for so long, even though I finished rereading the entire brick in March As so many comment, the poetry is sometimes hit or miss particularly in her last two or three collections But far often which critics conveniently forget , she s absolutely on, absolutely raw, absolutely a master word [...]

  8. Is there a match in the world to For my lover returning to his wife I don t think sod then To my Little girl, My StringbeanThe motherly advice that Dear Linda, Women are born twice Her words are perfect in so many ways.There are poems that go too far for my to enjoy them I like some darkness in life, but I ve been through my melodramatic stage already I don t need it quite as muchat aside read Transformations in its entirety the reveal it gives to fairytales is a fabulous peel of veneer and dist [...]

  9. Favorite collections Love PoemsThe Death NotebookThe Awful Rowing Toward GodFavorite poem Wanting To Die Suicides have already betrayed the body my death from the wrists, two name tags, blood worn like a corsage to bloom All day I ve built a lifetime and now the sun sinks to undo it To die whole riddled with nothing but desire for it, is like breakfast after love.

  10. I have mixed feelings about poetry I want to love it, but it is rare that I come across a poem or poet that I really enjoy I want a poem to speak to me on a personal level that is what a good poem is supposed to do Admittedly, I am not the sort of reader that takes pleasure in dissecting or analyzing a piece For me, a great deal of poetry is like a moody acquaintance that could be fascinating if he wasn t so difficult to like The first poem by Anne Sexton that I read was Her Kind and just like t [...]

  11. Beautiful, strong, and sad These are not poems for the faint of heart I appreciated reading her complete works, as this volume provided a fuller picture of the artist and her transformation over time The anger and the darkness grow as the years pass, but Sexton never loses her focus and her courage.

  12. I ve always been drawn to confessional poetry, so inevitably one of the first poets I came across when I started researching this genre was Anne Sexton I was immediately addicted Anne Sexton was a brilliant poet with a brutally honest voice and I was hooked The first book I bought of hers is proof of this every other page is dog eared and about 90% of it is highlighted I am still fascinated by her poetry and how she never shied away from any topic Her life, heartbreaking and tumultuous is basica [...]

  13. I originally gave this four stars because Anne Sexton is far from perfect and there are poems of hers esp Transformations that I don t like that much but then again, when she s on, it s pretty much as close as I m ever going to come to smoking crack Really, I love how she can pile on the similes as if they were college students piling into a phone booth.

  14. I ve been reading Anne Sexton s poems for months now For those who don t like poetry, her work could change your mind.

  15. Anne Sexton is one of my favorite poets Confessional poets have always appealed to me with their raw honesty and intensity.

  16. The Complete Poems of Anne Sexton brings together the eight books published in Sexton s lifetime To Bedlam and Part Way Back, All My Pretty Ones, Live or Die, Love Poems, Transformations, The Book of Folly, The Death Notebooks, The Awful Rowing Toward God , and the two books published posthumously 45 Mercy Street, Words for Dr Y Uncollected Poems with Three Stories From To Bedlam and Part Way BackI am thirty this November.You are still small, in your fourth year.We stand watching the yellow leav [...]

  17. Wanting to Die by Anne SextonSince you ask, most days I cannot remember.I walk in my clothing, unmarked by that voyage.Then the almost unnameable lust returns.Even then I have nothing against life I know well the grass blades you mention,the furniture you have placed under the sun.But suicides have a special language.Like carpenters they want to know which tools.They never ask why build.Twice I have so simply declared myself,have possessed the enemy, eaten the enemy,have taken on his craft, his [...]

  18. A Note on the Text, by Linda Gray SextonHow It Was Maxine Kumin on Anne Sexton To Bedlam and Part Way Back 1960 All My Pretty Ones 1962 Live or Die 1966 Love Poems 1969 Transformations 1971 The Book of Folly 1972 The Death Notebooks 1974 The Awful Rowing Toward God 1975 Posthumously Published WorkEditor s Note Mercy Street 1976 Editor s Note Words for Dr Y 1978 Last Poems Admonitions to a Special Person In Excelsis Uses As It Was Written Lessons in Hunger Love Letter Written in a Burning Buildin [...]

  19. Really enjoyed reading her collection of poems It was interesting to get a glimpse into her tortured self Besides Transformations, which is one of my favorite collections, I really like All My Pretty Ones the poem and The Starry Night, which is a tribute to Van Gogh s painting but light heartedly depressing it almost makes you chuckle at the same time The juxtaposition between a painting that is serene and beautiful and her depression is soautiful.

  20. I had read a little of Anne Sexton over the years, not much, but I had remembered rather liking what I d read The Sylvia Plath comparisons are often made, but I like Sexton s accounts of depression and bloodied tampons quite a bit I never got over Plath s melodrama, nor her studied misery With Sexton, I feel like I m getting the real thing, the 1950s mad housewife of legend as seen in the wild Start with Wanting to Die it s a classic for a reason after all, then work your way through the rest o [...]

  21. In a word AMAZING I think Sexton was a woman before her time Her writing inspires, it evokes emotion It s real d just generally tears me up But I love every line, every word chosen Lines and words that create images in your mind, images that stick with you My favorite poem of hers For My Lover, Returning To His Wife She is all there She was melted carefully down for you and cast up from your childhood, cast up from your one hundred favorite aggies She has always been there, my darling She is, in [...]

  22. Her poetry isn t always dark, it has its childlike fairy tale moments what is it about those tormented that we love to read Honestly, it s the similar feelings and hungers we all have moment to moment She was open and had no reservation about letting readers in Her poems were about so many different things from death, to love and sex They are timeless and meaningful and reading them induce the weirdest dreams I have had, admittedly I can say the same when I read Plath or Anais Nin s diaries I ad [...]

  23. I search in these woods and find nothing worse than myself, caught between the grapes and the thorns 4.5 of 5It s been a while since I loved a poetry collection that much Probably since I first read Federico Garcia Lorca s poems Anne Sexton s writing is simply extraordinary It s impossible to pick the best poem because there are so many of them Still, among all these brilliant pieces Transformations with her interpretations of famous fairytales, and her early poems are probably the ones I loved [...]

  24. Before Evanescence and Linkin Park ever became a cultural phenomena, Anne Sexton wrote poetry that captures the feelings of anguish, alienation, and a longing for human connectivity Together we have haunted the black air, rearranged the disaligned, and ridden in the driver s cart I have been her kind.I take the book everywhere and it is not dog eared because I take care of it I am especially fond of her love poems Just an ordinary hand, longing for something to touch that touches back You see Th [...]

  25. I don t know how it is that I never spent much time reading Anne Sexton until now, but I absolutely love her work Lively, bold, humorous, full of surprise, as well as searching for redemption, connection, meaning, God but not forgiveness I love this woman Here s a poem I m digging Jesus Suckles by Anne Sexton, from Book of Folly, 1972Mary, your greatwhite apples make me glad.I feel your heart work itsmachine and I doze like a fly.I cough like a bird on its worm.I m a jelly baby and you re my wif [...]

  26. This collection is my constant It never fails to awe me My favorite Sexton poems have changed over the years but she has never diminished in my view Big Boots of Pain The Risk are currently 2 of my favorite poems Anyone who reads through this collection will recognize Sexton as far exceeding the confines of college chick poet that is too often stamped on her.

  27. For John, Who Begs Me Not To Enquire Further Not that it was beautiful,but that, in the end, there wasa certain sense of order there something worth learningin that narrow diary of my mind,in the commonplaces of the asylumwhere the cracked mirroror my own selfish deathoutstared me.And if I triedto give you something else,something outside of myself,you would not knowthat the worst of anyonecan be, finally,an accident of hope And if you turn awaybecause there is no lesson hereI will hold my awkwa [...]

  28. The Complete Poems of Anne Sexton is now available in ebook from Open Road Integrated Media The book includes the complete poems and posthumously published work It is a substantial volume of work Sexton plumbed her own life as a woman, mother, daughter, wife and lover, addressed her struggle with depression, institutionalization, and suicide attempts The Publisher s Note explains how the poems were adapted to the ebook form And How It Was Maxine Kumin on Anne Sexton, a revealing essay about Kumi [...]

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