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Meanwhile in my head, I'm undergoing open-heart surgery - Anne Sexton
"I think all poetic form is a trick to get at the truth. Sometimes in my hardest poems, the ones that are difficult to write, I might make an impossible scheme, a syllabic count that is so involved, that it then allows me to be truthful. It works as a kind of super-ego. It says, "You may now face it, because it will be impossible ever to get out."…But you see how I say this not to deceive you, but to deceive me. I deceive myself, saying to myself you can’t do it, and then If I can get it, then I have deceived myself, then I can change it and do what I want. I can even change and rearrange it so no one can see my trick. It won’t change what’s real. It’s there on paper."
- Anne Sexton, from an interview
"In the beginning, the doctor said, "Tell the real story. Write down your feelings because someday they might mean something to somebody. No matter how despairing you are, there are other people going through this who can’t express this, and if they should read it they would feel less alone." And so he gave me my little reason to go on; it shifted around, but that was always a driving, driving force."
- Anne Sexton, from an interview

Anne Sexton’s reading of her poem "All my Pretty Ones" mixed with Peter Gabriel’s "Mercy Street - For Anne Sexton"

looking down on empty streets, all she can see
are the dreams all made solid
are the dreams all made real
all of the buildings, all of those cars
were once just a dream
in somebody’s head

"I’m not in love with you but I seem to keep acting that way. If I ever figure it out I’ll let you know."
- Anne Sexton, from A Self-Portrait In Letters 
"I’m lost. And it’s my own fault. It’s about time I figured out that I can’t ask people to keep me found."
- Anne Sexton, from A Self-Portrait In Letters 
"I’m more honest in my poetry than to myself. That’s what I’m hunting for when I’m working away there in the poem. I’m hunting for the truth. It might be a kind of poetic truth, and not just a factual one, because behind everything that happens to you, every act there is another truth, a secret life."
- Anne Sexton, from an interview