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Happy Birthday, Sylvia

October 27, 2011

What Sylvia Taught Me
Happy Birthday to my first writing mentor, Sylvia Plath.  I was 17 when I discovered her and she was the first female writer that said to me, “Yep, even us girls can write.”  Thanks, SP. Love, SP.

  1. October 27, 2011 5:25 am

    Sylvia Plath wrote the first villanelle I loved, “A Mad Girl’s Love Song.” For a brilliant re-creation of the last months of her life, be sure to read Kate Moses’ book “Wintering.”

  2. Cecile permalink
    October 27, 2011 9:05 am

    Thank you, SP square!

    I am going to print this and post it above my writing desk. For NaNoWrimo and beyond.

    Do you remember where exactly she said all this? In poems or journals, on page 17 of The Bell Jar?

    Thank you for this, muchly.

    Oh, and something I meant to ask: have you bought running shoes yet? If not, I want to send you money for a decent pair of them. A gift. From your friend in Luxembourg who owns about 12 pairs, and who thinks running is perfect for writers & mummies & for keeping thighs lean and minds sane.

    Let me know!


  3. summer permalink*
    October 27, 2011 11:25 am

    Sharyn- I’ve read it! Your paintings are wonderful!
    Cecile- I am so glad to know you are doing NaNoWriMo! It rules! Her journals did most of the talking for me–and her letters. WOW about the shoe offer–how kind! THANK YOU. I have not bought shoes yet!

  4. October 27, 2011 11:38 am

    Thank you, Summer. I am just beginning to enjoy your art and look forward to many more posts.

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