The American poet Sylvia Plath wrote "Cut" in 1962. After suddenly slicing her thumb while chopping an onion, the poem's speaker compares her bloody wound to a series of surreal, disturbing, and darkly comic images. The speaker calls the shocking moment both a "thrill" and a "celebration" and addresses her injured thumb directly, as though it were an independent "little man." "Cut" suggests how trauma (physical or emotional) can alienate someone from their own body and perhaps even from reality itself. The poem can also be read as an intimate portrait of someone whose inner self-loathing has materialized into an act of conscious or unconscious self-harm. The poem was published posthumously in 1965, in Ariel.