The magnificent title poem opens this second volume of Sexton’s poetry and again showcases her innovative skill at weaving words, images and rhythm to gripping effect in its description of sorting through personal effects after the death of a parent. There’s some quirky humour in A Curse Against Elegant Elegies, especially in the image of the surly preacher who shuffled into the yard “looking for a scapegoat.” One of the most moving poems here is titled For Eleanor Boylan Talking With God, a lovely and touching description of a devout friend. And one of the saddest poems, The Truth The Dead Know, reveals the poet’s feelings as she leaves church after the death of her father. The flowing structure of the poem and the resigned sense of finality are breathtaking; it reminds me of the music of Angels Of Light, especially the desolate landscape of Song For My Father on the New Mother album. The poem Old brilliantly juxtaposes the reality of a geriatric ward’s needles, rubber sheets and tubes with a childhood dream of eating wild blueberries, whilst The Starry Night which opens with a quote by Vincent Van Gogh, reminds me of Sylvia Plath’s Ariel and Don McLean’s song Starry Starry Night. Other favourites of mine include Lament, In The Deep Museum and The Black Art which reminds me of the poem Her Kind from the first book To Bedlam And Part Way Back. All My Pretty Ones shows Anne Sexton at the height of her art and together with Bedlam, should be in every poetry lover’s collection.
I bought this book in 1961, have re read it several times since, my copy is now falling to pieces but I still keep it and read it again every now and then, superbly funny it's just a shame that I cannot get a new copy.
this copy arrived in very good condition and well packaged. price was good too. as for the book, well, i'm a huge anne sexton fan and to get this, an original copy, is just fantastic. would use seller again too