Mercies: Selected Poems - Penguin Modern Classics (Paperback)
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Mercies: Selected Poems - Penguin Modern Classics (Paperback)

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Blending piercing perception with endlessly reinventive language, Mercies is a searing collection of poems from one of the most ground-breaking voices of her generation.

When Anne Sexton took her own life in October 1974, she left behind a body of work which had already, in less than two decades of writing, won her the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, established her as one of the foremost voices of her generation, and shocked America by breaking multiple taboos of subject matter, from insanity, depression and addiction to menstruation, adultery and the figure of the witch.

Sexton's name is legendary. Her poetry is read around the world, translated into over thirty languages, and in her own country remains a touchstone for poets and readers looking for rawness of perception, vitality of expression, confessional frankness and fiery passion. Yet, incredibly, there has been no new UK edition of her work for decades. In Mercies, readers are provided with a resonant new selection from the writings of this natural phenomenon of a poet.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241460399
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 202 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 15 mm


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"Do you know Anne Sexton? I worship her." - Madonna

"Anne Sexton domesticates my terror, examines it and describes it, teaches it some tricks which will amuse me, then lets it gallop wild in my forest once more... God love her" - Kurt Vonnegut

"In Sexton's New England... adultery looms as the next horizon of sexual destiny, once marriage and childbirth have ripened a woman's body and mapped her pleasure centers... No woman had published such poems in English for centuries" - Diane Wood Middlebrook

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“Read Sexton on her own terms, not as an addendum to Plath”

I've long been meaning to read Sexton because of the way she is consistently coupled with Sylvia Plath - I'm not sure though about how well they might compare. There are perhaps superficial similarities in... More

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