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Readings by Saundra Mathews-Deacon
from the poetry series "Earbook"
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Anne Sexton (November 9, 1928, Newton, Massachusetts October 4, 1974, Weston, Massachusetts) was an influential American poet and writer known for her highly personal, confessional poetry. She won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1967. Themes of her poetry include her long battle with depression. After repeated attempts, she took her own life in 1974. Sexton is seen as the modern model of the confessional poet. Aside from her standard themes of depression, isolation, suicide, and despair, her work also encompasses issues specific to women, such as menstruation, abortion, and more broadly masturbation and adultery, before such subjects were commonly addressed in poetic discourse. Her eighth collection of poetry is entitled The Awful Rowing Toward God.
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