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Meanwhile in my head, I'm undergoing open-heart surgery. - Anne Sexton
50"What she means by “language” is something compressed, elliptical, metaphoric. “Language” in her account, is what people speak when they are free of the censor’s invisible veil of ordinary intercourse; “language” is intimacy, authenticity, love in a loveless world; it is what the inner self uses to communicate with other inner selves. What she does through her poetry is that she renders the complexity of intimate relationships—the way they involve the desire to merge with the other and the desire to resist merger; the way the other can be seen both as antagonist and as lover-beloved; the way joy, sympathy, affection, admiration, resentment, fear, anger, and guilt may (must?) coexist at any moment in a relationship of sufficient wholeness, nearness and dearness." - Diana Hume George, "Anne Sexton and the Seduction of the Audience" in Sexton: Selected Criticism.
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