Denouement by Plath

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I had no idea that my favorite poet and sharer of my birthday wrote a poem that shares my favorite word – “Denouement“.  Unlike Sylvia Plath’s most famous poems such as “Daddy” and “Lady Lazarus”, “Denouement” is a fairly short and simple poem, complete with rhymes.  This may not sound like the Sylvia Plath we know and love, but she had … Read More

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From the Vault: “Families… Histories, Mysteries, Consistencies.”

jenniferlreimerEmotional Invalidation, Family, Images, Longer Stories, THE VAULT (aka: S.O.N.A.N.O.)

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My dad since ripped these down and threw them in the trash.  “I thought they reminded you of bad memories!”, was his excuse.  Instead of apologizing, he tried to make me feel sorry for him – the humanitarian, making sure nothing triggered a panic attack or episode of PTSD.   Well, these collages were symbols of the best times of … Read More

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Poem for a Birthday by Sylvia Plath …on my birthday.

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Sylvia Plath Poem for a Birthday Complete

It is difficult to find a complete version of Sylvia Plath’s “Poem for a Birthday” online (I have transcribed it below).  The final epitaph, “The Stones”, is often given alone. I have read this poem on many birthday’s past.  Today it is particularly meaningful to me.  Sharing Plath’s birthday, and entering my 29th year, I think of the terror that … Read More

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When I Was a Ghost (Lady in Blue)

jenniferlreimerFeminism and Madness, Poetry, Prose, Personal, Transcend

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I stumble a little.  Do you ever get a shiver from your head to your toes, for no particular reason? Am I the only one that knows this feeling? Couldn’t be. Couldn’t be. Regardless of existential musings, a series of shivers run through me.  Only this time, there’s a reason. Imagine, spending eight months with someone you think you love. … Read More

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A Day for a Mad Girl’s Love Song

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Mad Girl's Love Song Sylvia Plath

This is one of my all-time favorite Sylvia Plath poems, right up there with “Poem for a Birthday”. Sylvia who shares my birthday as well as the ten -year cycles that she writes about in Lady Lazarus (I wonder if she had the three-year cycles, too).  As I approach the age she was when she committed suicide I cannot help … Read More

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What is Your Favorite Word? (Dénouement)

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The telegram says you have gone away
And left our bankrupt circus on its town;

There is nothing more for me to say.

The maestro gives the singing birds their pay

And they buy tickets for the tropic zone;

The telegram says you have gone away.

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Anne Sexton’s Jar of Fireflies Found, Just Once

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Crazy things happen in the summer. You see a children’s book come alive nearly 3 decades after you were the child that imagined what a firefly might look like.  They are far more beautiful in person, especially considering the shooting stars I watched near the Columbia River last summer.  I do not recall the comparison being made, though I’m sure … Read More

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Can Trazodone Kill You, Risperidone Overdose Death, and Other Scary Words

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I’ve been keeping track of what search terms people use when they land at Practice of Madness. I’ve also been feeling discouraged as hell about myself – my job, my relationships, <is this some kind of looming depression>, my image in the mirror, my muddy feet, my everything. A month ago I was so positive about my everything, my future particularly. … Read More

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Neon Lights for a Single Mom: The Best Poetry I’ve Read for a Long Time

jenniferlreimerFeminism and Madness, Guest Posts, Poetry, Prose, Personal, Scars' Art

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<first, whowhatwhenwherewhy> And what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a word document so shiny I close mine at once.  Work documents, never clean enough, downright dirty sometimes, like now. When I was a little thing, well, I’m still pretty little but my mind has grown and my body has wandered, I moved to Montreal, Québec, to attend my … Read More

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Lady Lazarus Revived

jenniferlreimerFeminism and Madness, Other Survivors, Poetry, Prose, Personal, Transcend

So, there’s this amazing woman, with whom I share much in common, that so far, I’ve met every ten years.  We are not bad for one another, but actually very, very good for each other, at least so far, and my mom was a smart woman and she felt our friendship was important (I learned from Lady H. last week).  … Read More

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Happy 96th Birthday Dylan Thomas, 78th Sylvia Plath, and 26th to me!

jenniferlreimerPoetry, Prose, Personal, Transcend

I awoke this morning feeling more like a child on their birthday than I have for a long, long time.  Alas, a year that nearly did me in is over, 25, that number that repeats itself again and again in strange places in my life – usually the most wonderful and the worst.  I automatically expected the former to characterize … Read More

jenniferlreimerHappy 96th Birthday Dylan Thomas, 78th Sylvia Plath, and 26th to me!

Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath biographies, 2002

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(Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath helped me survive that year of my graduation, 2002.  Before I decided to become a sociologist, I planned to study literature and poetry.) 15 March 2002 A poem is defined as a metrical composition concerned with feeling or imaginative description.  Women have most likely been writing poems since the very beginnings of time, in effort … Read More

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Self Destruction and the Artist

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One of the saddest things I have ever seen people do, in a moment of rage or depression or self-loathing, is destroy something that they created – something that meant much to them at some point, something that they devoted free time to for hours or months or years.  This seems to be a common impulse among certain, incredibly talented … Read More

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She Must Be Crazy: Psychiatric Discourse, The “Personality Disorders”, and the Social Regulation of Subversive Women

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She Must Be Crazy: Psychiatric Discourse, The “Personality Disorders”, and the Social Regulation of Deviant Women “I have gone out, a possessed witch, haunting the black air, braver at night; dreaming evil, I have done my hitch over the plain houses, light by light: lonely thing, twelve-fingered, out of mind. A woman like that is not a woman, quite. I … Read More

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