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by Sylvia Plath

I am silver and exact. I have no preconceptions.
What ever you see I swallow immediately
Just as it is, unmisted by love or dislike.
I am not cruel, only truthful —
The eye of a little god, four-cornered.
Most of the time I meditate on the opposite wall.
It is pink, with speckles. I have looked at it so long
I think it is a part of my heart. But it flickers.
Faces and darkness separate us over and over.
Now I am a lake. A woman bends over me,
Searching my reaches for what she really is.
Then she turns to those liars, the candles or the moon.
I see her back, and reflect it faithfully.
She rewards me with tears and an agitation of hands.
I am important to her. She comes and goes.
Each morning it is her face that replaces the darkness.
In me she has drowned a young girl, and in me an old woman
Rises toward her day after day, like a terrible fish.


PHOTO: Actress Megan Fox curls up with SYLVIA PLATH: Collected Poems.

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Since May is “Get Caught Reading” Month, we will try to feature photos of well-known people reading books where we can, in fact, make out what they are reading. But this isn’t always easy — since the covers for many books change over the years.

On several obscure (to me) websites, I was able to find the cover for the edition of SYLVIA PLATH: Collected Poems that Megan Fox ponders in the photo above — but unable to locate it at the major online booksellers. It seems that the volume now sports a cover with a photo of Plath looking into the camera, in contrast to how she was depicted in the book’s previous incarnation — a coloring-book outline drawing of her looking down.

Another change in the newer edition: The word “the” has been added before “collected poems” — perhaps to let the reader know that this is “the” definitive collection of Plath’s work.


Ellaraine Lockie, author of the Silver Birch Press poetry release COFFEE HOUSE CONFESSIONS, performed at the Two Moon Art House and Cafe in Brooklyn on April 7th — and in the audience was Nick Warzin, the Toronto-based photographer who shot the photograph that appears on the cover of her book (included below). Lockie received an email from Warzin in the afternoon and learned that he was also in NYC. She invited him to the gig and they met at last — and commemorated the meeting with the photo you see here. For more about Nick Warzin, visit his website at