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Sylvia Plath

Dying
Is an art, like everything else.
I do it exceptionally well.

I do it so it feels like hell.
I do it so it feels real.
I guess you could say I’ve a call.

— Sylvia Plath, from “Lady Lazarus,” Collected Poems (HarperCollins Publishers Inc, 1992)

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