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Anne Sexton - Briar Rose

Identifier

013560

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

about hypnotherapy as an aid to get at buried memories and perceptions

A description of the experience

Briar Rose by Anne Sexton

Consider
a girl who keeps slipping off,
arms limp as old carrots,
into the hypnotist's trance,
into a spirit world
speaking with the gift of tongues.
She is stuck in the time machine,
suddenly two years old sucking her thumb,
as inward as a snail,
learning to talk again.
She's on a voyage.
She is swimming further and further back,
up like a salmon,
struggling into her mother's pocketbook.
Little doll child,
come here to Papa.
Sit on my knee.
I have kisses for the back of your neck.
A penny for your thoughts, Princess.
I will hunt them like an emerald.

The source of the experience

Poet other

Concepts, symbols and science items

Symbols

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Suppressions

Hypnotherapy

Commonsteps

References