About the Po31

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About the Poet A college dropout turned housewife, fashion model, and jazz singer, Anne Gray Harvey Sexton is an  unusual source of self-revelatory verse that prefaced an era of modernist confessional. An  ambivalent feminist, she spoke for the turmoil in women who despised the housewife's boring fate,  yet she suffered guilt over ventures into angry complaint and personal freedom. A relentlessly honest  observer capable of springing from disillusion to flashes of perception, she celebrated physical  details of womanhood, naming menstruation, masturbation, incest, adultery, illegitimacy, and  abortion, and pondered drug dependence, madness, and suicide. Long parted from religion, she  retained the fault-consciousness and self-loathing of Roman Catholicism. Her freedom of expression  engaged female literary figures at the same time that it distressed poet James Dickey. Sexton was born on November 9, 1928, in Newton, Massachusetts, to a prominent family. She grew 
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