Sylvia Plath’s body of work seems to span mediums and generations, tapping into our most profound pathoses and dreams. Be she blonde or brunette, poet or artist, each of her creations is tinged with the same gentle yet daring girlishness. Rest your head, if you will, on a Plath masterpiece entitled The Bed Book, a book of poetry she authored for her very own children. In this imagination-nourishing anthology, the poet unveils the mysterious and enchanting dream-world that awaits us as we settle in beneath our linens. 



Strongly grounded  in Plath’s familiar love for the natural world, our cozy beds can take us anywhere from Mars (“with mosquito nets for shooting stars”) to “A kind of hammock/ Between two tall trees/ Where you can swing/ In the leaves at ease.” There’s the Pocket Bed for when we have no space at all and the Elephant Bed for when we want to roam the Earth; each make-believe bed appeals to the child’s desire to make a space all her own. The magical text walks the line between innocence and experience, between fantasy and reality, between play and self-actualization. 



The 1976 publication of the book features illustrations by the beloved Quentin Blake, known mostly for his drawings in Roald Dahl books, whose unmistakable and spritely hand brings Plath’s mischievous and tender language to life. Take a look, and let us know what you think in the comments!



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