Poems inspired by Sylvia Plath
"What is more wonderful than to be a virgin,
clean and sound and young, on such a night?...(being raped.)"
(The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath, p. 8)
What is this itching within me
Fighting me, scratching?-
I want to break free of something
Mother Nature can only articulate -
And I know it is not shame which binds me
To Purity but History,
And all those lost girls before me.
That keep my kisses neat
That keep my belly warm
That keep the boys
For appearence of the first bud
Those boys' eyes;
Hungry with possibility,
Stung with a goodnight miss.
Left leaning outside my door,
Like a forgotten unfinished book, or
A half-eaten apple left browning.
R. S. Price
Norton, Massachusetts, USA
Thursday, September 20, 2001
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Plath: Killing The Angel In The House.
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