You, Doctor Martin

Sexton, Anne

Primary Category: Literature / Poetry

Genre: Poem

Annotated by:
Donley, Carol
  • Date of entry: Mar-27-2001


The narrator is a woman in an insane asylum addressing her doctor, whom she sees as "god of our block," taking care of all his "foxy children." His "third eye moves among us" making him seem powerful and all-seeing but remote. She keeps herself occupied making moccasins, giving her something to do with her hands.


The narrator, although she is better than she was when she entered the asylum, is still preoccupied with death and suicide. She counts herself among the "moving dead" who resist the "thrust of cure." At dinner she comments that there are no "knives for cutting your throat." Like many of Sexton's poems, this one shows her obsession with death that led to her own suicide.

Primary Source

To Bedlam and Part Way Back


Houghton Mifflin

Place Published