sylvia platt

Class Discussions
  • Gryffindor: (referring to book) I love it. It was so romantic.
  • Ravenclaw: Romantic? Hemingway? He was an abusive, alcoholic misogynist who squandered half of his life hanging around Picasso trying to nail his leftovers.
  • Slytherin: As opposed to a bitter, self-righteous hag who has no friends?
  • Ravenclaw: I guess in this society, being male and an asshole makes you worthy of our time.
  • Ravenclaw: (to teacher) What about Sylvia Platt or Charlotte Bronte? Or Simone de Beauvoir?
  • Hufflepuff: *walks in late* What have I missed?
  • Ravenclaw: The oppressive patriarchal values that dictate our education.
  • Hufflepuff: Good! *walks right back out of the classroom*

Sylvia Platt reads her masterful poem ‘Daddy’.

The Rival---Sylvia Plath

If the moon smiled, she would resemble you.
You leave the same impression
Of something beautiful, but annihilating.
Both of you are great light borrowers.
Her O-mouth grieves at the world; yours is unaffected,

And your first gift is making stone out of everything.
I wake to a mausoleum; you are here,
Ticking your fingers on the marble table, looking for cigarettes,
Spiteful as a woman, but not so nervous,
And dying to say something unanswerable.

The moon, too, abuses her subjects,
But in the daytime she is ridiculous.
Your dissatisfactions, on the other hand,
Arrive through the mailslot with loving regularity,
White and blank, expansive as carbon monoxide.

No day is safe from news of you,
Walking about in Africa maybe, but thinking of me.


Sylvia Platt reciting her poem ‘The Applicant’.