Tuesday, September 29, 2015

"Her Kind" by Anne Sexton

I have a thing for Anne Sexton and I guess reading Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff, I found myself returning to her today. I don't have anything profound to say about this poem; I'm fresh out of words so I'll just leave it here and hope you enjoy it.


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.

You can find this poem and others here.


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