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Selected Poems of Anne Sexton based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
This is a must-have for lovers of poetry and lovers of language. Anne Sexton makes it look so easy, but don't be fooled. It is an intricate web she's weaving, mastering traditional forms, forging new ones, and challenging conventional topics (who is so bold to have titles like "Menstruation at Forty" and "The Ballad of the Lonely Masturbator"?). It is her love of words and relentless excavation into her own personal pile of grievances which makes this collection so compelling and devastating and unforgettable. She also has a sly sense of humor which is a nice balance. It is almost like having Anne in the living room with you, reclining on the couch, legs outstretched, a cigarette in one hand, the book in the other, Anne shouting or whispering (depending on the poem) in that sensual irresistible voice of hers, and you just drinking it up like fine wine. Another fine treat is Anne's take on treasured fairy tales. Really the only regret about reading this book is that there isn't more to read.
This book is absolultely astonishing. Before I read this book of poems, I can honestly say I'd never indulged in anything more beautiful in my life. These poems could make you happy, sad, angry, sexually awakened, motivated, go into a deep depression, or pray to God, just to ask how his day was.