Reading Plath at Nineteen

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Nancy Freeman

Nancy Freeman


Nancy Freeman currently lives with her mother in the mountains of Colorado. She takes care of two horses, and she's thinking about majoring in psychiatric nursing. Her favorite poets are Emily Dickinson, Dorothy Parker, Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, and Nikki Giovanni. On open-mic nights in Boulder, she drives her truck down to listen to women read their poetry. She smokes, dances, and stays up late at night reading Plath's early poetry. She says: "I don't read modern, males poets from America. I find them too limiting, except, maybe, Alan Ginsberg." At 22 years of age, she dates men, but finds them "dull." "I prefer women," she says, "who read Plath."