'This impasse was strengthened by [Adrienne] Rich's other vocation: marriage and motherhood. It was ironic, she later commented, that the only detail she could remember about conversations with Sylvia Plath that spring was Plath's curiosity about combining motherhood and writing. "I answered something very sage, like, 'It can be done, but you'd better think about it really hard.' What I wanted to tell her was 'Don't try,' because I was in such despondency: I'd just had my third child, I was thirty, and I felt that in many ways my life was over, that I would never write again. I couldn't forsee a future different from the past two years of raising children and being almost continuously angry."
Anne Sexton: A Biography, Diane Middlebrook