“I have gone out, a possessed witch, haunting the black air, braver at night; dreaming evil, I have done my hitch.”
April is National Poetry Month!
Today, we explore Anne Sexton (1928-1974), an American writer most famous for her dark expressive style known as “confessional poetry”. Sexton’s verses often revealed the personal details of her life, which was marked by bouts of depression, hospitalizations, suicide attempts and bi-polar disorder.
She was born Anne Gray Harvey on November 8, 1928 in Newton, Massachusetts, the daughter of Mary Gray Harvey and Ralph Churchill Harvey. She was educated at boarding school in Lowell and worked as a model for the Hart Agency in Boston. There is, reportedly, some evidence that she may have been abused as a child. At the tender age of nineteen, Anne married Alfred Muller Sexton II. They had two children, Linda Gray Sexton and Joyce Ladd Sexton.
In 1954, after the birth…
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