May Sarton

May Sarton

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May Sarton

"The liberated, intellectual, cigarette-smoking sage"

It's Thayer's Portrait of May Sarton (at left), a depiction of the late poet in the prime of her life, on loan from the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, that presides most forcefully in this room. Sarton, a heroine of liberal-left lesbian activists in recent years, leans forward, dark hair held back with a band, smoking in her bold green jacket, orange sweater showing underneath, turquoise cuffs and pants contrasted dramatically against a crimson background. The face of the poet who wrote about the solitary life of the writer, about a woman's love of women, is angular, pellucid, handsome, engaged, determined, intrigued, and receptive... - Scott Ruescher

In 1973, May Sarton moved from the inland New Hampshire home that had been the scene of the creative and inner life she so powerfully probed in both Plant Dreaming Deep and Journal of a Solitude. She went to a house on the sea coast of Maine--a place that was alone in all but a few months in summer, with the sea and the woods and a wide sky ever present.

At first the peace of this place and the escape from the personal anguish she had come to associate with her New Hampshire home seemed to have its own dark side. As she says, "I became haunted by something I read years ago to the effect that when the Japanese were in a period of peace they only painted fans."

But the creative passion returned and she discovered that what she had to give did not depend on others; and this was a discovery of rare value. "Solitude," she writes, "like a long love, deepens with time, and I trust will not fail me as my own powers of creation diminish. For growing into solitude is one way of growing to the end." - back cover, The House by the Sea

Read May Sarton

Favorite Quotes
1997 New Year's Greeting
The Action of the Beautiful
All Souls
August Third
Autumn Sonnets
The Cage Bird
Charleston Plantations
The Concentration Camps
The Cosset Lamb (plus earlier drafts)
Divorce of Lovers (excerpt)
A Durable Fire
Eine Kleine Snailmusik
First Snow
Fur Person (excerpt)
Gestalt At Sixty
Happy The Man
In Time Like Air
The Invocation To Kali (excerpt)
Leaves Before The Wind
Letter of May Sarton to Juliette Huxley 1939 (excerpt)
The Lion And The Rose
May Sarton's Well (excerpt)
Mrs Stevens Hears The Mermaids Singing (excerpt)
New Year Resolve
Nostalgia For India
Now I Become Myself
Now Voyager
An Observation
Of Molluscs
Pages From A Journal
The Phoenix Again
A Prayer
Prayer Before Work
The Sleeping God
The Snow Light
The Ten Commandments of the Gentleman Cat
The Waves
We Sat Smoking At A Table
Who Knows Where The Joy Goes
Who Wakes Up
Wilderness Lost...

On The Writer May Sarton

May Sarton Bio
May Sarton: A Biography; book review by Sarah Schulman
May Sarton: A Biography; book review by Susan Hussey
May Sarton: A Biography; book review by Susan Hussey
Between the Lines - May Sarton: Years of Praise by Rose Marie Berger
glbtq - literature - May Sarton by Kenneth Pobo
The Governor in the Garden: May Sarton, More and More by Michael Finley
House for Sale, March 1995
Interview with May Sarton by Neila C. Seshachari
Learning from May Sarton by Cynthia A. Snavely
Letters Across the Atlantic : H.D., Bryher, May Sarton, During World War II by Charlotte Mandel
May Sarton: A Poet's Life by Lenora P. Blouin
May Sarton by Eleanor Sullo
May Sarton by Lenora P. Blouin
May Sarton, classic poet by Will Elliott
May Sarton's estate goes on the auction block in Portland, Maine
Permanence and May Sarton by Deborah Straw
Thayer's Portrait of May Sarton by Scott Ruescher
Who was May Sarton? by Liz Highleyman
Writer May Sarton's Later Appeal, NYTimes Book Review 1997...

On The Writing of May Sarton

May Sarton Bibliography
May Sarton Book Descriptions
May Sarton, At Seventy by Elizabeth Badurina
The Best School in the World by Todd R. Nelson
Dear Juliette, Letters of May Sarton to Juliette Huxley reviewed by Deborah Straw
Desperately Seeking Solitude In Season - Unitarian Sermon
From Loneliness to Solitude - Unitarian sermon by Rev. Robert Hardies
Good Stories and Moral Understanding by Barbara J. Thayer-Bacon
In Time Like Air: May Sarton - A Sermon by Rev. Eva S. Hochgraf
Know Yourself - Unitarian Sermon by Gary Kowalski
Liberal Views of God - Unitarian Sermon by Rev. Dr. Morris Hudgins
No. 645: Sarton and Sense by John H. Lienhard
On Becoming a Teacher: May Sarton's The Small Room by Michael Katz
One Who Persists review by Jeanne Braham
Private Lives by Susan Hill
Reading Group: From May Sarton's Well
Reading Group Guide: Journal of a Solitude
Sarton's novels an affirmation of humanity by Samira Mehta
Sermon for Thanksgiving Sunday by Rev. Judith E. Meyer
Transcending Chronic Illness
Treasure on the Wind: A Tribute To May Sarton by Rev. Barbara Carlson
Webs of Life - Unitarian Sermon by Rev. Mary Katherine Morn...

May Sarton Film and Audio

May Sarton Photo Gallery
May Sarton Audio Recordings
May Sarton: A Live Reading
Mrs Stevens Hears the Mermaids Singing (the movie)
World of Light: A Portrait of May Sarton
May Sarton: Woman of Letters...

May Sarton in the News

US economy back on track with strong second-quarter rebound
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. economy rebounded sharply in the second quarter as consumers stepped up spending and businesses restocked, putting it on course to close out the year on solid footing. Gross domestic product expanded at a 4.0 ...
Economy heats up in Q2 after harsh winterUSA TODAY
Steady but Slow Remains the Story of This RecoveryNew York Times
US Economy Roars Back in Second
BBC News -Los Angeles Times -Fox Business
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New York Times

Israeli Shells Said to Hit Shelter at Gaza UN School
New York Times
JABALIYA, Gaza Strip — The strikes came in rapid succession. Around 5 a.m. Wednesday at a United Nations school at the Jabaliya refugee camp, where 3,300 Palestinians had taken refuge from the fierce fighting in their Gaza neighborhoods, what ...
At Least 15 Killed in Israeli Strike on Gaza MarketVoice of America
Shells hit UN school, shopping area in GazaUSA TODAY
Gaza conflict: UN outraged at Israeli strike on
SFGate -The Guardian
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'Crazies': Ex-IRS Official Slammed Conservatives
Lois Lerner, former director of the Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division at the Internal Revenue Service(IRS), listens during a hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Capitol Hill March 5, 2014 in Washington, DC.
Ex-IRS official in tea party controversy called conservatives 'crazies' and ...Minneapolis Star Tribune
Emails Show Lerner Called Republicans A--holes and 'Crazies'Fox News (blog)
Former IRS Official Calls Conservatives 'Crazies' in EmailsKMBZ

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ABC News

Obama on GOP lawsuit: 'Everyone sees this as a political stunt'
Washington Post
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – President Obama could just as easily have ignored the House Republican plan to authorize a lawsuit against him Wednesday over accusations that he had abused his executive power. He might have chosen not to dignify the move with ...
How the Tea Party Started Impeachment Talk and Democrats Co-Opted ItABC News
Why I Am Risking Arrest at the White House with 135 Faith and Immigrant LeadersHuffington Post
House Republicans forge ahead with lawsuit against ObamaCBS News
Fox News -The Hill -Politico
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The New Yorker

The Ventura Verdict
The New Yorker
Over the past several weeks, adults gathered in a Minneapolis courtroom to argue about whether one brawny man punched another brawny man at an Irish pub in San Diego on the night of October 12, 2006. The bar was full of Navy SEALs and their families, ...
Chris Kyle trial: Did defense attorneys make a strategic error in Jesse Ventura ...The Oregonian
APNewsBreak: Ventura passage to be cut from bookIdaho State Journal
Ventura chapter to be removed from bookKARE
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UK is ready to deal with Ebola outbreak, says Foreign Secretary
The Independent
Britain is fully prepared to cope with any case of Ebola entering the country, the Foreign Secretary has said, as he sought to reassure the public over the threat posed by the virus, which has killed hundreds in West Africa. Philip Hammond chaired a meeting of ...
Canada 'taking steps' to guard against spread of
Health workers prepare an isolation unit in Guinea earlier this year, to cope with ...Financial Times
Deadly disease Ebola poses 'very serious threat' to BritainTimes of India
ABC News -Sky News Australia -Daily Beast
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Russian Oligarchs Rotenberg, Kovalchuk Are Blacklisted by EU
The European Union froze the assets of Russian oligarchs Arkady Rotenberg and Yury Kovalchuk as part of its effort to end President Vladimir Putin's support for rebels in eastern Ukraine. Rotenberg, who helps control SMP Bank and InvestCapitalBank OAO, ...
Ukraine conflict: Russia faces more sanctions, warns G7BBC News
UPDATE 1-EU names 8 Russians, 3 firms subject to asset freezeReuters
Russian institution set for slower growth amid reduced roleFinancial Times
The Independent -Voice of America -RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
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New York Daily News

Obama orders iced tea at coffee shop
President Obama stopped at a coffee shop on his way out of Kansas City on Wednesday, but said it was too late to order the specialty of the house. Instead, Obama went with iced Earl Grey tea before mingling with customers at Parkville Coffee. When a ...
In campaign mode, Obama slams Republicans for 'hating all the time'Los Angeles Times
Obama Calls For 'Economic Patriotism' In Kansas City SpeechKCUR
Obama to GOP: 'Stop just hating all the time'Washington Post
KSHB -Huffington Post
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Nine popular, but unhealthy restaurant meals
French toast with enough saturated fat to last a week, a burger with more than three days worth of sodium and a stack of seafood with more than a day's worth of calories top this year's Xtreme Eating list of meals at full-service restaurant chains. The list is ...

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E! Online

'Substantial' damage at UCLA, including arena, after water pipe break
(CNN) -- Hundreds of vehicles waterlogged and stranded. A famous basketball court possibly warped. Six facilities out of commission, including a student health center. A day after millions of gallons of water gushed out of a old, busted water main, UCLA had ...
UCLA water main rupture: Repairs to take 'extended period of time'Los Angeles Times
UCLA Wades Through Damages From Pipe FloodingABC News
UCLA wades through damage caused by floodingAlbany Times Union
USA TODAY -Detroit Free Press
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