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‘Poets tend to inhabit life’s extremes, living hard and loving harder’: Five Poet Biopics We’ll Probably Never See

By Harriet Staff

With The Sessions now in theaters, Christine Spines wrote this article at Word & Film. In it, she imagines five biopics centered on the life of a poet.

Of Anne Sexton, she writes:

A Courtney Love-like polarizing figure in the 1960’s poetry world, this Pulitzer-prizewinning confessional poet found her muse in her own mental illness. A contemporary of fellow depressive, Sylvia Plath, Sexton’s roiling angst bled into her work and life in equal measure. She courted controversy with her id-fueled explorations of masturbation, menstruation, abortion and adultery at a time when that kind of primal outpouring was considered obscene. Sexton’s anarchic spirit sent her spiraling in and out of mental institutions and into the center of a creative vanguard that included poetic luminaries like Maxine Kumin and into her own rock-jazz group with the aptly primitive name, “Her Kind.” Sextons demons ultimately won out, creating a toxic environment for her children and compelling her to commit suicide at age 45.

Wanna see who else made the list? Go!

Posted in Poetry News on Monday, October 22nd, 2012 by Harriet Staff.