Anne Sexton Quotes (62 quotes)
“It would be pleasant to be drunk:
faithless to my tongue and hands,
giving up the boundaries
for the heroic gin.
Dead drunk is the term I think of,
neither cool nor warm,
without a head or foot.
To be drunk is to be intimate with a fool.
I will try it shortly.”
Letter Written During a January Northeaster - All My Pretty Ones (1962)
“And what of the dead? They lie without shoes
in their stone boats. They are more like stone
than the sea would be if it stopped. They refuse
to be blessed, throat, eye and knucklebone.”
The Truth the Dead Know - All My Pretty Ones (1962)
Those Times... - Live or Die (1966)
Your Face on the Dog's Neck - Live or Die (1966)
“But suicides have a special language.
Like carpenters they want to know which tools.
They never ask why build.”
Wanting to Die - Live or Die (1966)
For My Lover, Returning to His Wife - Love Poems (1969)
Again and Again and Again - Love Poems (1969)
“He puts his bones back on,
Turning the clock back an hour.
She knows flesh, that skin balloon,
the unbound limbs, the boards,
the roof, the removable roof.
She is his selection, part time.
You know the story too! Look,
when it is over he places her,
like a phone, back on the hook.”
You All Know the Story of the Other Woman - Love Poems (1969)
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Picture Source: WikipediaAnne Sexton
Born: November 9, 1928
Died: October 4, 1974 (aged 45)
Bio: Anne Sexton was an American poet, known for her highly personal, confessional verse. She won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1967. Themes of her poetry include her suicidal tendencies, long battle against depression and various intimate details from her private life, including her relationships with her husband and children.