Two Never-Before-Seen Poems By Sylvia Plath Have Been Discovered
In the process of researching Sylvia Plath for their book about the author's life and life's work, titled The Ghostly Archives, Gail Crowther and Peter K Steinberg struck gold.
The pair discovered two unpublished and never-before-seen poems written by Plath in an old notebook, titled "To a Refractory Santa Claus" and "Megrims." It appears they were written in 1956, while the author - most known for her iconic novel The Bell Jar - was married to fellow poet Ted Hughes.
“To a Refractory Santa Claus” is presumed to be about the Plath's honeymoon in Spain, while “Megrims” tells the story of a paranoid patient who reports a series of bizarre occurrences to a doctor. The poems were reconstructed in Photoshop from the carbon paper on which they were originally written, and have been described as "spectacular."
“[Because] no other copy appears to exist it might be surmized that they aren’t very good. But in fact, the imagery in ′To a Refractory Santa Claus’ is beautiful,” says Steinberg. And there is a kind of loose, almost slangy-casual language in ′Megrims’ that took years for Plath to finesse.”
These Ghostly Archives will be available in the US on October 3.