Years and years ago I bought a cassette tape (that is how long ago it was) of Anne Sexton reading her work (that is how much of a poetry nerd I am). This particular poem was on that tape and it was amazing. She has the most amazing, gritty voice. The way she read “Music Swims Back to Me” really brought it home. The poem really needs to be heard.
The Poem that Sexton is most famous for, and that gets into most of the anthologies is “Her Kind.” This is another one of my favorites.
I did a bit of sleuthing around on Google and found this page. I think this is the same recording I had on cassette. The version of “Her Kind” on this recording is the one that I remember and it’s absolutely haunting. “Music Swims Back to Me” is on the same recording at the 5:40 mark. It is first recording on the list. Take a moment and have a listen by clicking here. In the name of National Poetry Month. You won’t be disappointed. I promise.