A Thought for Iron Hans

“When I was a wild man

Iron Hans said, 

I tarnished all the world.  

I was the infector.  

I was the poison breather.  

I was a professional,  

but you have saved me

from the awful babble

of that calling” 

 

From Anne Sexton’s ‘Iron Hans’. I’ve been on a poetry kick lately, and especially an Anne Sexton kick. I imagine there will be a Sexton essay soon, because she manages to be one of the most problematic writers I can think of, while also being one of the nearest writers to my own heart. 

andrew disney