Her Kind


"Her Kind" is the second song of David Conte's song cycle Sexton Songs. The cycle is for soprano and piano or chamber ensemble and sets the poetry of Anne Sexton.


The audio selection in the player to the right features Marnie Breckenridge, soprano, and Ensemble Parallele with Nicole Paiement, conductor. Used with the permission of the composer. To listen, please click on the track name itself.

Her Kind
by Anne Sexton

I have gone out, a possessed witch,
\t\thaunting the black air, braver at night;
\t\tdreaming evil, I have done my hitch
\t\tover the plain houses, light by light:
\t\tlonely thing, twelve-fingered, out of mind.
\t\tA woman like that is not a woman, quite.
\t\tI have been her kind.

\t\tI have found the warm caves in the woods,
\t\tfilled them with skillets, carvings, shelves,
\t\tclosets, silks, innumerable good;
\t\tfixed the suppers for the worms and the elves:
\t\twhining, rearranging the disaligned.
\t\tA woman like that is misunderstood.
\t\tI have been her kind.

\t\tI have ridden in your cart, driver,
\t\twaved my nude arms at villages going by,
\t\tlearning the last bright routes, survivor
\t\twhere your flames still bite my thigh
\t\tand my ribs crack where your wheels wind.
\t\tA woman like that is not ashamed to die.
\t\tI have been her kind.

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