Thursday, June 30, 2011

Peter Gabriel: "Mercy Street"



This is Peter Gabriel's tribute to poet Anne Sexton, who suffered from depression and committed suicide in 1974. I actually took a writing class with Sexton's daughter, Linda Gray, through Berkeley Extension when I first moved out here to the Bay Area. Her memoir about her mother is honest, intense, and, at times, painful to read--maybe because I remember bits and pieces myself of what it was like to have a mentally ill mother who chose to end her own life. It's been one of those days, I guess, in which I've been thinking about why we do the things we do, how it is we inadvertently hurt each other, why it is we sometimes do self-destructive things.

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