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Sylvia Plath

I should have loved a thunderbird instead;
At least when spring comes they roar back again.
I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)

― Sylvia Plath, from “Mad Girl’s Love Song.” Generally included in the biographical note appended to The Bell Jar. (Harper Perennial Modern Classics June 11, 2013) Originally published January 14th 1963. The poem  was first published in the August 1953 edition of Mademoiselle.


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