Poetry and Tweets

by Ruby on April 13, 2010

After our wildly successful National Poetry Month event on Saturday, I am in the mood for more poetry. This one comes to us via Anne, our merchandising manager. More of her favorites can be found on the poetry display in the main store.

Anne Sexton is a Pulitzer Prize winning poet who suffered depression and manic episodes throughout her life. It was actually her therapist who suggested that she take up poetry, and she quickly became known for her deeply personal and emotional work. I find her poems haunting, with the kind of depth that makes me take a hard look at myself, too. If that is your thing, make sure to pick up a copy of The Complete Poems: Anne Sexton, which we should have available in the store or online.

“Her Kind” by Anne Sexton

I have gone out, a possessed witch,
haunting the black air, braver at night;
dreaming evil, I have done my hitch
over the plain houses, light by light:
lonely thing, twelve-fingered, out of mind.
A woman like that is not a woman, quite.
I have been her kind.

I have found the warm caves in the woods,
filled them with skillets, carvings, shelves,
closets, silks, innumerable goods;
fixed the suppers for the worms and the elves:
whining, rearranging the disaligned.
A woman like that is misunderstood.
I have been her kind.

I have ridden in your cart, driver,
waved my nude arms at villages going by,
learning the last bright routes, survivor
where your flames still bite my thigh
and my ribs crack where your wheels wind.
A woman like that is not ashamed to die.
I have been her kind.

And just a quick #1b1t update for the non-tweeps: You can vote on the final book here, although the point seems pretty moot by now. Every time I look, American Gods by Neil Gaiman seems to have gained another 200 votes or so. Despite some dissatisfaction among the Twitter crowd, I’m thrilled- it’s one of the few books I haven’t read off of the final list, and also one of the few books by Gaiman I am still missing out on. Plus, he is very active on twitter (@neilhimself), something none of the other authors have going for them. Good choice for the first One Book One Twitter worldwide read, I’d say.