Sunday, August 4, 2019

Brian Beatty On Sylvia Plath

Borrowed Trouble: Micro Tribute to Sylvia Plath (1932-1963)

I wouldn’t write at all if it weren’t for myriad writers before me whose works showed me what was possible. The poems of this series are small offerings of respect, of thanks, to those muses. – Brian Beatty

Every poem a gift 
wisely wrapped 
by a department 
store professional —

smartly creased corners 
and hand-curled bows
doing nothing to disguise 
the rotten meat in every box.

– Brian Beatty

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1 comment:

  1. I've always felt a certain affinity with Plath and her work. Early in my writing career I published a story in Seventeen magazine, where she interned in her youth. I've also found myself, more than once, wondering why anybody goes on or chooses not to. Her death was a nearly immeasurable loss to American poetry. Where her work would've gone we'll never know.


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