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I have a thing for poetesses right now, in a major way. When I heard mention of Emily Dickinson in a large lecture series (66cds) I was listening to while performing my nightly janitorial duties at the hospital that I work at, I immediately became fixated and then soon thereafter, obsessed. Any word she's written I am interested in, I am also a proud member of EDIS (Emily Dickinson International Society) and subscribe to The Emily Dickinson Journal, which is absolutely STELLAR! I have many issues to read still (I tranferred them onto my Kindle 2 and heavily annotate, highlight them).

So Emily Dickinson.

Sara Teasdale is another poetess I fell for fast. Every collection of hers I have read, and found some of them are very very personal to me. Wonderful, versification, very lyrical, and easy to understand.

Currently I am obsessed with Sylvia Plath. Read all her poetry, her journal, and going to read her letters, and early writings soon. Ted Hughes, his Birthday Letters collection is the best that I have read of his, for it deal with Sylvia Plath, his wife, but I cannot seem to understand much of his other poetry. I read some of his translation of Ovid, but I prefer the Rolfe Humphries translation of Ovid's Metamorphoses.

Are they related to O'ism in any way? I haven't exactly read them with those lenses on specifically. I read with my naked eye. I love what I see. Read biographies on each of them, too. What's interesting is they were all from Massachuesetts. But there are so many many interesting things about them, that I could take this thread, and weave in a beautiful tapestry of just these three! :thumbsup:

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What's interesting is they were all from Massachuesetts.

To correct myself, since I was thinking about what I said last night while performing my janitorial duties at the hospital, I was thinking of Anne Sexton, she was the yet another poetess from MA, not my dear Teasdale. Whoops! How could I mix them up! Virgina Woolf is from there too (of which I have read several works of hers recently The Waves being my favorite), as well as other famous writers and poets. I think that I will be putting Anne Sexton on this list, though I am reading about her first, then her poetry. I'm drawn to suicide in literature, either by characters, or the writers who commit it themselves. That's how I came upon Plath and Woolf and now Sexton.

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