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

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New York Times

Israel Says That Hamas Uses Civilian Shields, Reviving Debate
New York Times
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At least 15 dead in Israeli shelling of Gaza school- Health MinistryReuters
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15 dead as Israeli airstrike hits UN facility in GazaUSA TODAY
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Arizona Gov. Orders Full Review of Execution Procedures
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Arizona attorney general says death row inmate is dead, nearly 2 hours after
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Obama sends assessment team to border
The Obama administration has dispatched an assessment team to the Texas border to look at whether a deployment of National Guard troops would help stem the illegal influx of migrants from Central America. Texas Gov. Rick Perry has repeatedly asked for ...
Report: Obama sends team to consider...The Hill (blog)
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Fort Worth Star Telegram
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CBS News

Democrats stand by Sen. John Walsh after plagiarism accusations
CBS News
WASHINGTON -- Sen. John Walsh said his unattributed use of others' work in his master's thesis was not plagiarism but "a few citations that were unintentionally left out of a term paper" that he blamed in part on post-Iraq war trauma. The apparent plagiarism ...
Sen. John Walsh plagiarized War College thesisPolitico
Plagiarism is a pretty minor political crime. But it matters for Sen. John Walsh.Washington Post (blog)
Report: Montana Senator plagiarized grad school paperCNN (blog)
Ravalli Republic -PBS NewsHour -Mid Columbia Tri City Herald
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Weekly unemployment claims plunge to post-recession low of 284000
Los Angeles Times
Army veteran John Godman talks to recruiters Nicole Rushton, left, and Megan Hogan at a Hiring Fair For Veterans in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on July 16. Army veteran John Godman talks to recruiters Nicole Rushton, left, and Megan Hogan at a Hiring Fair For ...
US Jobless Claims Drop to Lowest Level Since 2006Wall Street Journal
How states fared on unemployment benefit claimsWashington Post
Jobless Claims in U.S. Unexpectedly Drop to Eight-Year LowBloomberg
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The News International

Gunmen kill two Finnish women in western Afghanistan
The News International
HEART: Two Finnish female aid workers were shot dead by unidentified gunmen while travelling in a taxi in western Afghanistan on Thursday, officials said, the latest killings in a recent spate of attacks on foreigners. It came as Afghanistan undertakes a ...
Afghanistan shooting: Finnish aid workers killed in HeratBBC News
Two aid workers shot dead in AfghanistanFox News
Two Finnish aid workers killed in western AfghanistanReuters India
The Express Tribune
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ABC News

UPDATE 3-Taiwan launches inquiry into plane crash that killed 48
... * Weather condition OK to fly - civil aviation authorities. * Airline suspects weather was a factor. * Two French nationals killed. * TransAsia shares end down 5.5 pct (Adds comment form airline). By Faith Hung. TAIPEI, July 24 (Reuters) - Taiwan authorities ...
Taiwan defends flight clearance given to plane before crasheuronews
Taiwan plane crash: TransAsia Airways black boxes foundFinancial Express
Taiwan plane crash: Typhoon Matmo could have caused TransAsia Airways ...The Independent
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BBC News

Iraq MPs elect Fouad Massoum as president
BBC News
Since 2003 Iraq's president has always been a Kurd, while the prime minister is a Shia and the parliamentary speaker drawn from the Sunni Arab bloc. Iraq is facing a radical Sunni insurgency and is struggling to agree on a new coalition government.
Iraq: Kurdish Politician Massoum Named PresidentABC News

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Paul Ryan Makes Anti-Poverty Pitch
Republican Rep. Paul Ryan is pitching a new proposal to slash poverty in America, saying that the government must “repair the safety net” and give states more flexibility to aid residents in need. “We need to stop listening to the loudest voices in the room and ...
Ryan proposes streamlining anti-poverty programsWashington Post
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