Elaine Connell

Elaine Connell is the author of Sylvia Plath: Killing the Angel in the House, and has published a collection of poems, Poppies, from which the following poem is taken. Both books can be obtained from Pennine Pens (address below).
Elaine Connell also hosts a web forum for discussions of Sylvia Plath, this forum can be found at http://www.hebdenbridge.co.uk/docs/plath.html.

A Chimera For Sylvia

A rare, random descent
Stopped dead by a delivery of tulips,
As you plunged suicidal into
That red eye, the cauldron of morning.

Where the body hurt you as
The world hurts God and
The pill you took to kill the thin papery feeling,
Worked too well and swabbed you clear
Of your loving associations.

Lying on the frigid, flat floor
Terrified by a dark thing that slept in you,
Overwhelmed by the incalculable malice of the everyday,
Inhabited by a cry, "I'M THROUGH!" you spat.
Annihilated the decade, dissolved your old self,
Unloosed your griefs, fell a


Came Back? Perfected?

To order the books by Elaine Connell please contact:
Pennine Pens
32, Windsor Road, Hebden Bridge,
West Yorkshire, HX7 8LF
Telephone/fax: 01422-843724

Last Modified: 23 March 2000 Anja Beckmann