The Applicant by Sylvia Plath: Directed by Mary Livoni

The Applicant by Sylvia Plath directed by Mary Livoni Still from the cinepoem The Applicant

To celebrate #nationalpoetrymonth, I have created five new videos or “cinepoems” which will debut on Esthetic Lens each Thursday throughout April. This week’s post is The Applicant, written by Sylvia Plath.



As Plath herself explained;

‘In this poem…the speaker is an executive, a sort of exacting super-salesman.’ 

Plath wrote The Applicant in a single day; on Thursday, October 11th, 1962. Just nine days later, she read the poem at the BBC studios in London. Hearing her precise, unforgettable reading inspired me to create this video. 

This my second Plath-inspired collaboration. View Mad Girl’s Love Song here:

April 1st was my first #nationalpoetrymonth post on Esthetic Lens.
View Money by Raymond Carver here:

2021 marks the 25th year since the Academy of American Poets first organized #nationalpoetrymonth. It has risen in prominence and influence to become the largest literary celebration in the world. Learn more here