Contents

A Note on the Text v

How It Was: Maxine Kumin on Anne Sexton xix

To Bedlam and Part Way Back (i960) 1

You, Doctor Martin 3 Kind Sir: These Woods 4 Torn Down from Glory Daily 5 Music Swims Back to Me 6 The Bells 7 Elizabeth Gone 8 Some Foreign Letters 9 The Kite 11

Said the Poet to the Analyst 12 Venus and the Ark 13 Her Kind 15 The Exorcists 16

Where I Live in This Honorable House of the Laurel Tree

Portrait of an Old Woman on the College Tavern Wall 18

The Farmer's Wife 19

Funnel 20

The Expatriates 21

For Johnny Pole on the Forgotten Beach 22

Unknown Girl in the Maternity Ward 24

What's That 25

The Moss of His Skin 26

Hutch 27

Noon Walk on the Asylum Lawn 27 Ringing the Bells 28 Lullaby 29

The Lost Ingredient 30 The Road Back 30 The Waiting Head 31 Elegy in the Classroom 32

A Story for Rose on the Midnight Flight to Boston 32 11

For John, Who Begs Me Not to Enquire Further 34 The Double Image 35 The Division of Parts 42

All My Pretty Ones (1962)

The Truth the Dead Know 49 All My Pretty Ones 49 Young 51 Lament 52

To a Friend Whose Work Has Come to Triumph 53 The Starry Night 53 Old Dwarf Heart 54 I Remember 55 The Operation 56

A Curse Against Elegies 60 The Abortion 61 With Mercy for the Greedy 62 For God While Sleeping 63 In the Deep Museum 64 Ghosts 65

The Fortress 66

Old 69

The Hangman 69 Woman with Girdle 70 The House 71 Water 75 Wallflower 76 Housewife 77 Doors, Doors, Doors 78

Letter Written on a Ferry While Crossing Long Island Sound From the Garden 84 Love Song for K. Owyne 85 Flight 86

For Eleanor Boylan Talking with God 87 The Black Art 88

Letter Written During a January Northeaster 89

Live or Die (1966)

Author's Note 94

And One for My Dame 95

The Sun 96

Flee on Your Donkey 97

Three Green Windows 105

Somewhere in Africa 106

Imitations of Drowning 107

Mother and Jack and the Rain 109

Consorting with Angels 111

The Legend of the One-eyed Man 112

Love Song 115

Man and Wife 116

Two Sons 121

To Lose the Earth 123

Sylvia's Death 126

Protestant Easter 128

For the Year of the Insane 131

Crossing the Atlantic 133

Walking in Paris 135

Menstruation at Forty 137

Christmas Eve 139

KE 6-8018 140

Wanting to Die 142

The Wedding Night 144

Little Girl, My String Bean, My Lovely Woman

A Little Uncomplicated Hymn 148

Your Face on the Dog's Neck 152

Self in 1958 155

Suicide Note 156

In the Beach House 159

Cripples and Other Stories 160

Pain for a Daughter 163

The Addict 165

Live 167

Love Poems (1969)

The Touch 173 The Kiss 174 The Breast 175

The Interrogation of the Man of Many Hearts 1 That Day 180

In Celebration of My Uterus 181

The Nude Swim 183

Song for a Red Nightgown 184

Loving the Killer 185

For My Lover, Returning to His Wife 188

The Break 190

It Is a Spring Afternoon 193

Just Once 194

Again and Again and Again 195

You All Know the Story of the Other Woman 1

Moon Song, Woman Song 196 The Ballad of the Lonely Masturbator Barefoot 199

The Papa and Mama Dance 200

Now 201

Us 202

Mr. Mine 204

Song for a Lady 204

Knee Song 205

Eighteen Days Without You 205

Transformations (1971)

The Gold Key 223

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 2

The White Snake 229

Rumpelstiltskin 233

The Little Peasant 237

Godfather Death 242

Rapunzel 244

Iron Hans 249

Cinderella 255

One-Eye, Two-Eyes, Three-Eyes 258 The Wonderful Musician 264 Red Riding Hood 267 The Maiden Without Hands 273 The Twelve Dancing Princesses 276 The Frog Prince 281 Hansel and Gretel 286 Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty) 290

The Book of Folly (1972)

i. thirty poems

The Ambition Bird 299 The Doctor of the Heart 301 Oh 302 Sweeney 304

Mother and Daughter 305

The Wifebeater 307

The Firebombers 308

The One-Legged Man 308

The Assassin 310

Going Gone 311

Anna Who Was Mad 312

The Hex 313

Dreaming the Breasts 314

The Red Shoes 315

The Other 317

The Silence 318

The Hoarder 319

Killing the Spring 320

The Death of the Fathers 322

1. Oysters 322

2. How We Danced 323

3. The Boat 324

4. Santa 325

5. Friends 327

6. Begat 329

Angels of the Love Affair 332

1. Angel of Fire and Genitals 332

2. Angel of Clean Sheets 333

3. Angel of Flight and Sleigh Bells 333

4. Angel of Hope and Calendars 334

5. Angel of Blizzards and Blackouts 335

6. Angel of Beach Houses and Picnics 335

ii. the jesus papers

Jesus Suckles 337

Jesus Awake 338

Jesus Asleep 3 38

Jesus Raises Up the Harlot 339

Jesus Cooks 340

Jesus Summons Forth 341

Jesus Dies 342

Jesus Unborn 343

The Author of the Jesus Papers Speaks 344 xii

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