Host(s): William Heyen and A. Poulin, Jr.
Tape order number: C-199
Visit Date: September 10, 1973
Length: 10 hours, 1 minute
Brief Summary: Sexton talks about her designation as a "confessional poet" and the shifts in the themes of her poems through the years. She says that she writes what she wants and has to write, but that she often uses other people's stories, making them her own with an "I" voice. She also feels free to fictionalize experience, and isn't worried about being misinterpreted. Sexton talks about a progression in her poems from madness and sin to love and God, but feels that sin is a theme she has carried throughout.
I often confess to things that never happened.
-- Anne Sexton