Love Poems

Love Poems

by Anne Sexton

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Twenty-five poems celebrating the sensual frontiers of Sexton's time.


Twenty-five poems celebrating the sensual frontiers of Sexton's time.

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"The speaker of Sexton's poems dwells with husband and children in affluent, white Protestant America just after the death of JFK . . . More than a century earlier, Hawthorne had created in The Scarlet Letter a sexual female protagonist, Hester Prynne -- to exhibit her leading a life of disgrace at the margins of the town because of her sin of adultery. In Sexton's New England the margins of town have been transformed into suburbia, and adultery looms as the next horizon of sexual destiny, once marriage and childbirth have ripened a woman's body and mapped her pleasure centers. In 1969 this was new; no woman had published such poems in English for centuries." -- from the foreword by Diane Wood Middlebrook

Meet the Author

Anne Sexton (1928-1974), the author of ten collections of poems, received the Pulitzer Prize in 1967.

Dianne Wood Middlebrook is the author of several volumes of poetry and critism as well as the prizewinning bestseller Anne Sexton: A biography. The recipient of many fellowships and awards, she is a professor of English at Stanford University, where she has also served as the director of the center for research on women. She currently lives in San Francisco.

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