Anne Sexton

(9 November 1928 – 4 October 1974 / Newton, Massachusetts)

Anne Sexton Quotes

  • ''“As it has been said:
    Love and a cough
    cannot be concealed.
    Even a small cough.
    Even a small love.”''
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  • ''“Watch out for intellect,
    because it knows so much it knows nothing
    and leaves you hanging upside down,
    mouthing knowledge as your heart
    falls out of your mouth.” ''
    Anne Sexton, The Complete Poems
  • ''“Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard.” ''
    Anne Sexton
  • ''“Anne, I dont want to live. . . . Now listen, life is lovely, but I Cant Live It. I cant even explain. I know how silly it sounds . . . but if you knew how it Felt. To be alive, yes, alive, but not be able to live it. Ay thats the rub. I am like a stone that lives . . . locked outside of all thats real. . . . Anne, do you know of such things, can you hear???? I wish, or think I wish, that I were dying of something for then I could be brave, but to be not dying, and yet . . . and yet to [be] behind a wall, watching everyone fit in where I cant, to talk behind a gray foggy wall, to live but to not reach or to reach wrong . . . to do it all wrong . . . believe me, (can you?) . . . whats wrong. I want to belong. Im like a jew who ends up in the wrong country. Im not a part. Im not a member. Im frozen.” ''
    Anne Sexton, Anne Sexton: A Self-Portrait in Letters
  • ''“As for me, I am a watercolor.
    I wash off.” ''
    Anne Sexton
  • ''“I am stuffing your mouth with your
    promises and watching
    you vomit them out upon my face.” ''
    Anne Sexton, The Complete Poems
  • ''“Even so, I must admire your skill.
    You are so gracefully insane.” ''
    Anne Sexton
  • ''“I am alone here in my own mind.
    There is no map
    and there is no road.
    It is one of a kind
    just as yours is.” ''
    Anne Sexton
  • ''“Live or die, but dont poison everything.” ''
    Anne Sexton
  • ''“I like you; your eyes are full of language."

    [Letter to Anne Clarke, July 3, 1964.]” ''
    Anne Sexton

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Best Poem of Anne Sexton

45 Mercy Street

In my dream,
drilling into the marrow
of my entire bone,
my real dream,
I'm walking up and down Beacon Hill
searching for a street sign -
namely MERCY STREET.
Not there.

I try the Back Bay.
Not there.
Not there.
And yet I know the number.
45 Mercy Street.
I know the stained-glass window
of the foyer,
the three flights of the house
with its parquet floors.
I know the furniture and
mother, grandmother, great-grandmother,
the servants.
I know the cupboard of Spode
the boat of ice, solid silver,
where the ...

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Music Swims Back To Me

Wait Mister. Which way is home?
They turned the light out
and the dark is moving in the corner.
There are no sign posts in this room,
four ladies, over eighty,
in diapers every one of them.
La la la, Oh music swims back to me
and I can feel the tune they played
the night they left me

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