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An Obsessive Combination of Ontological Inscape, Trickery and Love

Anne Sexton

Busy, with an idea for a code, I write
signals hurrying from left to right,
or right to left, by obscure routes,
for my own reasons; taking a word like "writes"
down tiers of tries until its secret rites
make sense; or until, suddenly, RATS
can amazingly and funnily become STAR
and right to left that small star
is mine, for my own liking, to stare
its five lucky pins inside out, to store
forever kindly, as if it were a star
I touched and a miracle I really wrote.

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"An Obsessive Combination of Ontological Inscape, Trickery and Love" from The Selected Poems by Anne Sexton. Copyright © 1959. Reprinted with the permission of Houghton Mifflin Company.

 

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