Complete Poems

ISBN-10: 0395957761

ISBN-13: 9780395957769

Edition: 1999

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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 form her last years.
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List price: $19.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 4/28/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 656
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.672
Language: English

Anne Sexton (1928-1974) is one of the most influential & frequently discussed American poets. She lived all her life in the Boston area.

Maxine Kumin was born in Philadelphia in 1925. She received a BA and a MA from Radcliffe College. In the 1950s, she enrolled in a poetry writing course at the Boston Center for Adult Education. The course led to the publication of poems in Harper's and The New Yorker. Her first collection of poems, Halfway, was published in 1961. Her other poetry collections include Where I Live: New and Selected Poems 1990-2010, Still to Mow, and And Short the Season. She received several awards including the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the Robert Frost Medal, and the Pulitzer Prize for Up Country: Poems of New England. She also wrote four novels, short stories, a memoir entitled Inside the Halo and Beyond: The Anatomy of a Recovery, essay collections, and children's books. She died of natural causes on February 6, 2014 at the age of 88.

A Note on the Text
How It Was: Maxine Kumin on Anne Sexton
To Bedlam and Part Way Back (1960)
You, Doctor Martin
Kind Sir: These Woods
Torn Down from Glory Daily
Music Swims Back to Me
The Bells
Elizabeth Gone
Some Foreign Letters
The Kite
Said the Poet to the Analyst
Venus and the Ark
Her Kind
The Exorcists
Where I Live in This Honorable House of the Laurel Tree
Portrait of an Old Woman on the College Tavern Wall
The Farmer's Wife
The Expatriates
For Johnny Pole on the Forgotten Beach
Unknown Girl in the Maternity Ward
What's That
The Moss of His Skin
Noon Walk on the Asylum Lawn
Ringing the Bells
The Lost Ingredient
The Road Back
The Waiting Head
Elegy in the Classroom
A Story for Rose on the Midnight Flight to Boston
For John, Who Begs Me Not to Enquire Further
The Double Image
The Division of Parts
All My Pretty Ones (1962)
The Truth the Dead Know
All My Pretty Ones
To a Friend Whose Work Has Come to Triumph
The Starry Night
Old Dwarf Heart
I Remember
The Operation
A Curse Against Elegies
The Abortion
With Mercy for the Greedy
For God While Sleeping
In the Deep Museum
The Fortress
The Hangman
Woman with Girdle
The House
Doors, Doors, Doors
Letter Written on a Ferry While Crossing Long Island Sound
From the Garden
Love Song for K. Owyne
For Eleanor Boylan Talking with God
The Black Art
Letter Written During a January Northeaster
Live or Die (1966)
Author's Note
And One for My Dame
The Sun
Flee on Your Donkey
Three Green Windows
Somewhere in Africa
Imitations of Drowning
Mother and Jack and the Rain
Consorting with Angels
The Legend of the One-eyed Man
Love Song
Man and Wife
Those Times...
Two Sons
To Lose the Earth
Sylvia's Death
Protestant Easter
For the Year of the Insane
Crossing the Atlantic
Walking in Paris
Menstruation at Forty
Christmas Eve
KE 6-8018
Wanting to Die
The Wedding Night
Little Girl, My String Bean, My Lovely Woman
A Little Uncomplicated Hymn
Your Face on the Dog's Neck
Self in 1958
Suicide Note
In the Beach House
Cripples and Other Stories
Pain for a Daughter
The Addict
Love Poems (1969)
The Touch
The Kiss
The Breast
The Interrogation of the Man of Many Hearts
That Day
In Celebration of My Uterus
The Nude Swim
Song for a Red Nightgown
Loving the Killer
For My Lover, Returning to His Wife
The Break
It Is a Spring Afternoon
Just Once
Again and Again and Again
You All Know the Story of the Other Woman
Moon Song, Woman Song
The Ballad of the Lonely Masturbator
The Papa and Mama Dance
Mr. Mine
Song for a Lady
Knee Song
Eighteen Days Without You
Transformations (1971)
The Gold Key
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
The White Snake
The Little Peasant
Godfather Death
Iron Hans
One-Eye, Two-Eyes, Three-Eyes
The Wonderful Musician
Red Riding Hood
The Maiden Without Hands
The Twelve Dancing Princesses
The Frog Prince
Hansel and Gretel
Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty)
The Book of Folly (1972)
Thirty Poems
The Ambition Bird
The Doctor of the Heart
Mother and Daughter
The Wifebeater
The Firebombers
The One-Legged Man
The Assassin
Going Gone
Anna Who Was Mad
The Hex
Dreaming the Breasts
The Red Shoes
The Other
The Silence
The Hoarder
Killing the Spring
The Death of the Fathers
How We Danced
The Boat
Angels of the Love Affair
Angel of Fire and Genitals
Angel of Clean Sheets
Angel of Flight and Sleigh Bells
Angel of Hope and Calendars
Angel of Blizzards and Blackouts
Angel of Beach Houses and Picnics
The Jesus Papers
Jesus Suckles
Jesus Awake
Jesus Asleep
Jesus Raises Up the Harlot
Jesus Cooks
Jesus Summons Forth
Jesus Dies
Jesus Unborn
The Author of the Jesus Papers Speaks
The Death Notebooks (1974)
Making a Living
For Mr. Death Who Stands with His Door Open
Faustus and I
The Death Baby
The Dy-dee Doll
Seven Times
Rats Live on No Evil Star
Grandfather, Your Wound
Baby Picture
The Furies
The Fury of Beautiful Bones
The Fury of Hating Eyes
The Fury of Guitars and Sopranos
The Fury of Earth
The Fury of Jewels and Coal
The Fury of Cooks
The Fury of Cocks
The Fury of Abandonment
The Fury of Overshoes
The Fury of Rain Storms
The Fury of Flowers and Worms
The Fury of God's Good-bye
The Fury of Sundays
The Fury of Sunsets
The Fury of Sunrises
Praying on a 707
Mary's Song
God's Backside
Jesus Walking
Hurry Up Please It's Time
O Ye Tongues
First Psalm
Second Psalm
Third Psalm
Fourth Psalm
Fifth Psalm
Sixth Psalm
Seventh Psalm
Eighth Psalm
Ninth Psalm
Tenth Psalm
The Awful Rowing Toward God (1975)
The Civil War
The Children
Two Hands
The Room of My Life
The Witch's Life
The Earth Falls Down
Riding the Elevator into the Sky
When Man Enters Woman
The Fish That Walked
The Fallen Angels
The Earth
After Auschwitz
The Poet of Ignorance
The Sermon of the Twelve Acknowledgments
The Evil Eye
The Dead Heart
The Play
The Sickness Unto Death
Locked Doors
The Evil Seekers
The Wall
Is It True?
Welcome Morning
Jesus, the Actor, Plays the Holy Ghost
The God-Monger
What the Bird with the Human Head Knew
The Fire Thief
The Big Heart
Small Wire
The Saints Come Marching In
Not So. Not So.
The Rowing Endeth
Posthumously Published Work
45 Mercy Street (1976)
Editor's Note
Beginning the Hegira
45 Mercy Street
Talking to Sheep
The Falling Dolls
The Money Swing
The Child Bearers
The Taker
The Risk
Praying to Big Jack
Red Roses
The Shout
Keeping the City
Bestiary U.S.A.
Star-Nosed Mole
June Bug
The Divorce Papers
Where It Was At Back Then
The Wedlock
Landscape Winter
Waking Alone
The Wedding Ring Dance
When the Glass of My Body Broke
The Break Away
The Stand-Ins
The Love Plant
Killing the Love
The Red Dance
The Inventory of Goodbye
The Lost Lie
End, Middle, Beginning
Eating the Leftovers
Cigarettes and Whiskey and Wild, Wild Women
The Passion of the Mad Rabbit
The Angel Food Dogs
Leaves That Talk
"Daddy" Warbucks
Divorce, Thy Name Is Woman
The Fierceness of Female
The Big Boots of Pain
The Sea Corpse
There You Were
The Consecrating Mother
Words for Dr. Y. (1978)
Editor's Note
Letters to Dr. Y. (1960-1970)
Poems 1971-1973
Buying the Whore
To Like, To Love
The Surgeon
Speaking Bitterness
The Death King
The Errand
The Twelve-Thousand-Day Honeymoon
Scorpio, Bad Spider, Die: The Horoscope Poems
Madame Arrives in the Mail
January 1st
January 19th
January 24th
February 3rd
February 4th
February 11th
February 17th
February 20th
February 21st
March 4th
March 7th
May 30th
August 8th
August 17th
Last Poems
Admonitions to a Special Person
In Excelsis
As It Was Written
Lessons in Hunger
Love Letter Written in a Burning Building
Index of Titles
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