Anne Sexton, My Lady of Poet Suicides

A Taliswoman Short

Leah Welborn
The Shortform

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Original artwork by the author

For roughly four decades of my life, I considered my eventual suicide to be inevitable.

For roughly that same amount of time, I’ve been an avid reader and sometimes writer of poetry.

I believe the relationship between the two personality traits to be correlational rather than causal, but who can really say? Poets are often suicides, after all.

Take, for example, my favorite poet, Anne Sexton. She was trouble/d/some and in and out of asylums most of her life. Perhaps it was to be expected — a talent so immense locked inside a subjugated housewife was bound to detonate. Or implode.

I discovered Anne in grad school, years after I’d fallen for her golden young pal Sylvia (who beat her to the suicidal punch), another of my Taliswomen.

Sonnet by the author. Published in Poets & Artists, December 2009

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Leah Welborn
The Shortform

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