On Engaging with Sylvia Plath’s Ariel


“Not long after I became a new mother of twins, campus sexual politics and accounts of sexual misconduct in the literary world arose ever closer in my sphere. I was angry on behalf of the many young women whose lives were affected – and by many of the responses around me. Then I became angry on recalling my own fraught coming of age as a woman, then as a lesbian, then as a poet, and then, as a mother. Suddenly, I became very, very interested in Plath’s death. And in the dueling careers of Plath and Hughes, her marriage, and her relationship to her mother and the women around her. Who was supporting her, I wondered? Whom did she reach out to? What did they say”?

To read the rest visit Quill & Quire–and thanks for the space!

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