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Anne Sexton - The Starry Night

That does not keep me from having a terrible need of -- shall I say the word -- religion. Then
I go out at night to paint the stars.

--Vincent Van Gogh in a letter to his brother

The town does not exist
except where one black-haired tree slips
up like a drowned woman into the hot sky.
The town is silent. The night boils with eleven stars.
Oh starry starry night! This is how
I want to die.

It moves. They are all alive.
Even the moon bulges in its orange irons
to push children, like a god, from its eye.
The old unseen serpent swallows up the stars.
Oh starry starry night! This is how
I want to die:

into that rushing beast of the night,
sucked up by that great dragon, to split
from my life with no flag,
no belly,
no cry.

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Poet: Anne Sexton
Poem: The Starry Night
Volume: All My Pretty Ones

Comment 265 of 265, added on August 1st, 2014 at 7:38 AM.

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Comment 264 of 265, added on August 1st, 2014 at 7:15 AM.

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Comment 263 of 265, added on August 1st, 2014 at 6:58 AM.

Im obliged for the article.Really thank you!

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