|Anne Stevenson, poet|
an older white woman wearing glasses and short brown hair
Searching myself, I find a spare.
I keep that sixth sense in repair
And set it deftly, like a snare.
American-raised English poet Anne Stevenson turns 74 today. She was studying music in college, a cellist, when she started becoming deaf, and turned to literature. (Stevenson now uses a cochlear implant.) She's published eighteen volumes of poetry, a biography of Sylvia Plath, and two studies of Elizabeth Bishop's work. Some of Stevenson's poems, "What I Miss" and "Hearing with my Fingers" among them, are about music and deafness; she dispels the common misconception that deaf people only experience silence. "Silence I miss," she declares.
--Anne Stevenson, "On Going Deaf"
Visit Anne Stevenson's website for more information.
Angela Leighton, ed. Voyages over Voices: Critical Essays on Anne Stevenson (Liverpool University Press 2010).
[Image, text, and links updated 3 January 2014]