Things We Keep Hidden

speyerhymesI came across this book by accident about a year ago, and found it for $5. Quite a bit of luck since this book retails for $50 or more.

Flipping through it, I’ve seen quite a different version of Sylvia Plath-that of an extremely talented artist. Not at all the version that has been pounded out in literary culture: that of a near-mythical, tragic poet who wrote furious poetry and, eventually, stuck her head in the oven when life became too much to bear.

However, within the last ten years or so, there have been several books delving into Plath’s life, attempting to debunk the myth overshadowing the woman. There was more to this poet than her death and the manner in which she died. One such book was The Unravelling Archives of Sylvia Plath (edited by Anita Hill), which introduced a very politically-minded Plath as well as a devoted mother who didn’t necessarily fit into the “traditional mold”.

In reading Eye Rhymes, I’ve been thinking about how many sides/facets we, as mothers, keep hidden-from ourselves and the world. What parts of ourselves (creative or otherwise) do we give up for other people-our kids in particular?

What have you pushed aside, creative or otherwise?

KrisUnderwood

About Kris Underwood

Kris Underwood is the Social Media Manager at Hunger Mountain (Vermont College of Fine Arts). Poetry has appeared in several publications including MotherVerse, mamazine.com and Poetry Midwest. I read books & write about them on my blog sometimes.