Today at the blog The Best American Poetry, Laura Orem has a lovely post on Sylvia Plath. It begins this way.
It's a remarkable piece. On this, the anniversary of Plath's birthday, please take a moment to read A Birthday.Today would have been Sylvia Plath's 77th birthday. She left an astonishing number of good-to-excellent poems for someone who died at 30, a testament not only to her talent but to her dedication to her craft and iron Yankee work-ethic. Easily, so easily, she could have been writing still - imagine that raw voice honed by five more decades of experience and maturity.