Myra here.

I am glad to be joining Poetry Friday yet again this week with another female poet whom I consider to be perfect for our #WomenReadWomen2019 theme. Thank you to Nix the Comfort Zone for hosting this week.


To Bedlam And Part Way Back

Poetry by Anne Sexton
Published by Houghton Mifflin (1960)
ISBN: 0395081793 (ISBN13: 9780395081792) Literary Award: National Book Award Finalist for Poetry (1961). Book quote found from Goodreads and edited using an iPhone app.

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I chanced upon this poem while searching for one of the photo prompts that I participate in on Litsy, a bookish app that GatheringBooks is an active part of (see my posts about Litsy here and here). Apparently, the poem is in one of Anne Sexton’s poetry collections, To Bedlam And Part Way Back.

Her Kind, I feel, embodies our theme on reinvention and redefinition of womanhood: from a possessed witch to a misunderstood twelve-fingered woman, to one out of mind. It is a celebration of womanity and our kinship to all womankind, persecuted but ultimately triumphant. Each photo here represents each of the verse in the poem. I hope you enjoy it!


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Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

5 comments on “[Poetry Friday] Her Kind by Anne Sexton

  1. lindabaie

    There is that special kinship among all women, isn’t there, shown here without shame, Myra. We are all together, and I would hope every woman would think that, too. Beautiful poem.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Linda Mitchell

    This. poem. is. stunning! And, you pair with photographs you take? I want to do this…wow!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. This poem, wow. I loved how you formatted it.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Kay Mcgriff

    What a fascinating poem! I love the pictures you put with it, too.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Thanks for sharing such a powerful poem about the many kinds of women and the kinship among them.

    Liked by 1 person

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