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Self-Portrait with Sylvia Plath’s Braid
Some women make a pilgrimage to visit it
in the Indiana library charged to keep it safe.
I didn’t drive to it; I dreamed it, the thick braid
roped over my hands, heavier than lead.
My own hair was long for years.
Then I became obsessed with chopping it off,
and I did, clear up to my ears. If hair is beauty
then I am no longer beautiful.
Sylvia was beautiful, wasn’t she?
And like all of us, didn’t she wield her beauty
like a weapon? And then she married,
and laid it down, and when she was betrayed
and took it up again it was a word-weapon,
a poem-sword. In the dream I fasten
her braid to my own hair, at my nape.
I walk outside with it, through the world
of men, swinging it behind me like a tail.
|April 14, 2009||Little Ending||Charles Wright|
|May 13, 2015||Island||Greg Wrenn|
|March 25, 2013||Ode, Aubade||Greg Wrenn|
|April 11, 2008||Gnosis||Theodore Worozbyt|
|July 16, 2011||Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey, on Revisiting the Banks of the Wye During a Tour, July 13, 1798||William Wordsworth|
|June 03, 2012||It is a Beauteous Evening, Calm and Free||William Wordsworth|
|January 28, 2012||Travelling||William Wordsworth|
|April 07, 2013||The Daffodils||William Wordsworth|
|January 04, 2015||On Seeing a Tuft of Snowdrops in a Storm||William Wordsworth|
|October 26, 2014||The Solitary Reaper||William Wordsworth|