Someone once told me that when Anne Sexton would perform a poetry reading, she would read her work while smoking a cigarette. This, for some reason, intrigued me so much that when shopping at a bookstore on my birthday, I purchased The Complete Poems: Anne Sexton. I was immediately mesmerized by her work. Her work is filled with so much power, so much rawness, so much grit. Reading her poetry filled me with so many feelings; despair, heartbreak, gratefulness, etc. I was blown away. All these years later, I claim Anne Sexton as my favorite poet, and I hold her work so close to my heart. If you have ever felt alone, felt disenfranchised, felt forgotten or purposefully ignored, this collection is for you. It will remind you that through despair there is still hope in the world, and it will give you the will to fight.
Collects all the poems from the late confessional poet's ten books as well as eight previously uncollected poems, revealing in one volume Sexton's daring openness, language, and emotional honesty