Five months before her death, Sylvia Plath wrote to her mother that her bee sequence included ‘the best poems of my life’. But these aren’t the poems we remember her for. These are my thoughts on Plath’s long shadow (and my unsolicited beekeeping tips).
As promised, here’s the person-sized swarm that inspired this episode:
- Ep 11. Stuart Barnes on Plath
- Ep 80. Louise Carter on Luke Davies
- Karen Ford’s notes on Plath’s Bee Poems
- Terrence Hayes’ American Sonnet for My Past and Future Assassin