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Letter Written on a Ferry

Anne Sexton


Letter Written on a Ferry

Anne Sexton


Poem introduction

Well it is very sad because it's the end of a love affair And I actually did write this on the ferry going across Long Island Sound with just a pencil - I usually write on a typewriter which is an odd thing to do but I have very bad handwriting, I can't read it, so therefore I usually write on a typewriter, but I was on this ferry with no typewriter and I started writing and the waves were washing at the side and it was quite beautiful and I was very sad. I was so sad I was really about to go into collapse, maybe jump off the ferry or do something strange like that. Instead I wrote this poem which saved me and my lover. The title is 'Letter Written on a Ferry while Crossing Long Island Sound'.

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