Anne Sexton

November 9, 1928- October 4, 1974

Born in Newton, Massachusetts

    Anne Sexton was born in Newton, Massachusetts, and spent most of her life near Boston. In 1945, she started going to a boarding school in Lowell, Massachusetts. For some time while she was younger, she modeled at Boston's Hart Agency. She later married Alfred Muller Sexton. Before they divorced in the early 1970s, she had two children with Alfred.  Their names were, Linda Gray Sexton, and Joyce Sexton

    Sexton suffered from severe mental illness for much of her life After a serious breakdown in 1955, she met Dr Martin Orne, who became her long-term therapist at the Glenside Hospital.  He encouraged the thought to become a poet .
    The first poetry workshop she attended was led by John Holmes. Sexton was extremely nervous  about registering for the class. She found that she was very good at poetry and received much praise, some were even accepted by The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine and the Saturday Review. Anne Sexton later studied with Robert Lowell at Boston University with well known poets, Sylvia Plath and George Starbuck

After Auschwitz
Anger,
as black as a hook,
overtakes me.
Each day,
each Nazi
took, at 8: 00 A.M., a baby
and sauteed him for breakfast
in his frying pan.

And death looks on with a casual eye
and picks at the dirt under his fingernail.

Man is evil,
I say aloud.
Man is a flower
that should be burnt,
I say aloud.
Man
is a bird full of mud,
I say aloud.

And death looks on with a casual eye
and scratches his anus.

Man with his small pink toes,
with his miraculous fingers
is not a temple
but an outhouse,
I say aloud.
Let man never again raise his teacup.
Let man never again write a book.
Let man never again put on his shoe.
Let man never again raise his eyes,
on a soft July night.
Never. Never. Never. Never. Never.
I say those things aloud.

I beg the Lord not to hear.