To Carolyn Kizer, April 1, 1959
….My two children keep interrupting my train of thought for a cookie, girl scout variety. I have two girls, age 5 ½ and 3 ½, and a good husband who is not the least a poet, and very much a business man – but all in all a happy marriage in the suburbs. I have only been writing for a little over a year. But have really put energy into it and would be no one at all without my new tight little world of poet friends. I am kind of a secret beatnik hiding in the suburbs in my square house on a dull street.
To her daughter, Joy, October 14, 1963
Joy Sexton! You went to the library yourself! Gee whiz, am I happy! Jumping jampots and all that! I can't tell you how happy this makes me. Now you will be free in a way you have never been free. I mean now you can go to the library and find a friend anytime. It is my happiest time almost, the time when I can go to the library. Although the Newton Lower Falls branch doesn't have enough books that I am interested in, still, even there I usually end up taking out three or four books. Of course I might be a little bit silly about books, seeing as I try to write them myself. But long before I ever thought I would write one or even try to write one . . . long ago, when I was your age, I loved most to go to the library alone. To me it is one of the most important steps in growing up.
Quoted in Anne Sexton: A Self-Portrait in Letters, ed. by Lois Ames and Linda Gray Sexton (Houghton-Mifflin, 1992).