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Extraordinarily funny, with the fresh eye of a visitor from another world, Stevie Smith is a poet to savor. Wielding a throwaway wit and the strangest irony,Stevie Smith was deeply read in the classics and yet sprinkled her poetry with delightful doodles. Her poems are often very dark; her characters are perpetually saying “goodbye” to their friends or welcoming death. At ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published December 23rd 2013 by New Directions (first published December 11th 2013)
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Paul Secor
Stevie Smith's poems are frequently dark in their subject matter, but her wit keeps them from being oppressively dark. She was obviously eccentric, but her poems make perfect sense to me.
I find it difficult and ultimately senseless to review books of poetry. Better to quote a few:

The Reason

My Life Is Vile
I hate it so
I'll Wait awhile
And then I'll go.

Why wait at all?
Hope springs alive,
Good may befall
I yet may thrive.

It is because I can't make up my mind
If God is good, impotent or unkind.

This Engli
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Donna Merritt
Aug 11, 2014 Donna Merritt rated it liked it
One of my all-time favorite poems is Stevie Smith's "Not Waving But Drowning," which is included in this collection. Some poems I loved and some lines made me laugh out loud, but after a time, her obsession with death seemed to weigh the volume down. I think readers will take away a few favorites, as I did, but don't expect every poem to be brilliant.
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Florence Margaret Smith, known as Stevie Smith (20 September 1902 – 7 March 1971), was an English poet and novelist.

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