Co-Host - JohnnyBlaze ( also the amazing artist who rendered Sexton's portrait ) Part XIX
in an ongoing series introducing serious writers of DUP to the most well-known poets in classical and modern literature. Anne Sexton
(November 9, 1928 – October 4, 1974) was an American poet known for her highly personal, confessional verse. She won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1967 for her book Live or Die. Her poetry details her long battle with depression, suicidal tendencies, and intimate details from her private life.
Her accomplishment and awards include:
1962: All My Pretty Ones published; nominated for National Book Award
Levinson Prize from Poetry
1963: Traveling fellowship by American Academy of Arts and Letters
Tour of Europe with neighbor Sands Robart
1965: Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, London. Received the first literary
magazine travel award from the International Congress of Cultural Freedom.
1967: Awarded Pulitzer Prize for Live or Die
Shelley Award from the Poetry Society
1969: Guggenheim Fellowship for work on play Mercy Street, produced at American Place
Theater, New York City
1970: Honorary doctor of letters, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts
1972: Promoted to full professor at Boston University
Crashaw Chair in Literature at Colgate University
Honorary doctor of letters, Fairfield University, Fairfield, Connecticut
On October 4, 1974, Sexton had lunch with Kumin to revise galleys for Sexton's manuscript of The Awful Rowing Toward God, scheduled for publication in March 1975 (Middlebrook 396). On returning home she put on her mother's old fur coat, removed all her rings, poured herself a glass of vodka, locked herself in her garage, and started the engine of her car, ending her life by carbon monoxide poisoning.
In an interview over a year before her death, she explained she had written the first drafts of The Awful Rowing Toward God in 20 days with "two days out for despair and three days out in a mental hospital." She went on to say that she would not allow the poems to be published before her death.
For more information, visit https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/anne-sexton Guidelines
Write a new poem honoring Sexton inspired by any of her poems. Do your best to make us feel as though we are reading poems by Sexton
. The more we feel you "capturing her essence" in "your own words" , the higher you will score. This will involve choice of wording, delivery, subject material, formatting, target audience - a wide range of factors. The Rules
1. One entry per DUP persona.
2. No erotica; this is open to all ages and can't be viewed with an ECW.
3. No exact word limit; however, attempt to keep it no more than 250 - 300.
4. Any form ( including spoken word ) is acceptable ( studying the poet is advised ). If you are submitting a spoken word, post the actual poem in the body of your post. We do have deaf members, and while they may not be able to listen, they can at least read and garner the essence of your submission.
5. Hashtag your poem #AnneSexton, and link to your poem here. Do NOT copy paste your poem to the competition. The point is to eventually direct visitors searching for Sexton to your poem via the hashtag we hope will eventually be implemented by the Webmiss.
6. In your poem's notes, provide a link to the poem(s) by Sexton that inspired yours ( please do not forget this step - we have had wonderful entries which were disqualified for not adhering to this simple yet required step )
Comp will be judged by a panel including myself. You have one month; best of luck to all entrants.
This competition series will be promoted across our social network sites, and winners will be published on our Website: http://poeticmedics.com/.