All The Poems: Stevie Smith by Stevie Smith

By Stevie Smith

The crucial version of 1 of contemporary poetry’s such a lot specified voices Stevie Smith is one of the hottest British poets of the 20th century. Her poem “Not Waving yet Drowning” has been greatly anthologized, and her existence used to be celebrated within the vintage 1978 motion picture Stevie. This new and up to date variation of Stevie Smith’s accumulated poems comprises thousands of works from her thirty-five-year occupation. The Smith pupil Will might collects poems and illustrations from released volumes, offers attention-grabbing information about their provenance, and describes a number of the types Smith provided. Satirical, mischievous, teasing, disarming, Smith’s poems take readers from comedy to tragedy and again back, whereas her line drawings are through turns unsettling and beguiling.

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I am walking away at an unplanned angle singing "Tiny Montgomery" which I bet she wouldn't have been ready to play. I have this inner life, I think of my father lonely in Vermont, I think of myselflonely in Syracuse and myoid poem about a detective who can't solve his biggest case and as a result I have feelings-but my teacher said the future of American poetry can't be merely the notation of sensibility. When he said that I felt a chilly fear at the edge of consc-consc-consc-consciousness like an ice cube in the corner of my stomach.

Basically he's a great guy. ·44 I'll send him my new poem and this time maybe he'll shed that crust of slightly cranky differentness that has slightly clogged conversation during some of our fifty lunches and this time maybe he'll feel the way the words had to come out exactly the way they did for me and he'll say "I wouldn't change a syllable," he'll say "Jesus, Mark, this is it! " 45 . Legs In the last year of my marriage, among a hundred other symptoms I wrote a poem called "The Woman across the Shaft"-she was someone I never met-she had long bare legs on a summer night when she answered the phone in her kitchen and lifted her legs to the table while she talked and laughed and I tried to listen from my window across an airshaft between buildings and watched her legs.

It's totally quiet. ~t's filled with the noise of the past. How does anyone sleep after the age of thirty-five? Things gather in your apartment and stay, each thing learns to emit its own signal, its own night-noise; you bring them to your next apartment and each thing gives its offended cry-your eyes open in the dark. There should be a service a person could call to get some relief . . Crystal Clearance Experts, Stark & Stark Divestment Consultants, pragmatic seraphim from a god of gentle oblivion: Take away the heartbreaking photographs!

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