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Somebody who should have been born is gone.

ANNE SEXTON, The Abortion

So this is happiness,
that journeyman.

ANNE SEXTON, poem, Nov. 9, 1970

Daylight is nobody's friend.
God comes in like a landlord
and flashes on his brassy lamp.

ANNE SEXTON, "You All Know the Story of the Other Woman"

Beauty is a simple passion,
but, oh my friends, in the end
you will dance the fire dance in iron shoes.

ANNE SEXTON, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

I am younger each year at the first snow. When I see it, suddenly, in the air, all little and white and moving; then I am in love again and very young and I believe everything.

ANNE SEXTON, letter to W. D. Snodgrass, November 28, 1958

I like you; your eyes are full of language.

ANNE SEXTON, letter to Anne Clarke, Jul. 3, 1964

I am stuffing your mouth with your
promises and watching
you vomit them out upon my face

ANNE SEXTON, "Killing the Love", 45 Mercy Street

America is a lady rocking on a porch in an unpainted house on an unused road.

ANNE SEXTON, "Sixth Psalm", The Complete Poems

Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard.

ANNE SEXTON, attributed, The Words of Extraordinary Women

Briar Rose
was an insomniac...
She could not nap
or lie in sleep
without the court chemist
mixing her some knock-out drops
and never in the prince's presence.

ANNE SEXTON, Transformations


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