"I said to my doctor at the beginning [of therapy], "I'm no good; I can't do anything; I'm dumb." He suggest I try educating myself by listening to Boston's educational TV station... I protested but I followed his suggestion. One night I saw I. A. Richards on educational television reading a sonnet and explaining its form. I thought to myself, "I could do that, maybe; I could try." So I sat down and wrote a sonnet. The next day I wrote another one, and so forth. My doctor encouraged me to write more. "Don't kill yourself," he said. "Your poems might mean something to someone else someday." That gave me a feeling of purpose, a little cause, something to do with my life, no matter how rotten I was."

Anne Sexton em  No Evil Star


a 20.6.13
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