ELAINE SEXTON teaches a poetry workshop at the Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College, works and lives in New York City.
"Elaine Sexton knows how to raise autobiography to the level of true poetry, and this knack has much to do with her use of surprise. Just when we think we know where one of her poems is going, we step into air."--Billy Collins (1/1/2015 12:00:00 AM) "Elaine Sexton's poetry is furious and unstoppable--and it is all the more so because it insinuates itself into our consciousness with such love and exquisite tenderness. Underneath that tenderness, though, is a relentless will to forego the inessential, to take the measure of the real, to uncover the secret and silent engines of our human grief."--Vijay Seshadri (1/1/2015 12:00:00 AM) In her third, most agile collection, Sexton not only 'makes order of disorder and sometimes takes it back, ' but also divulges a private periodic table that makes the reader privy to hidden elements of being--read it and delight!--Jessica Greenbaum (1/1/2015 12:00:00 AM)