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The Collected Poems by Stevie Smith
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Nov 17, 2010

bookshelves: english-classic-lit, poetry, re-reads, to-read
Recommended to Wayne by: Glenda Jackson
Recommended for: realists
read count: Dipped on and off

Such a fun book to dip into!!!
I pulled this off the shelf to suggest it to a friend
and, of course, began browsing.

Love these short, seemingly digestible poems
which although generally witty and pithy have an underside of darkness
that actually gives you indigestion!!!
Such a pleasure...to be pushed into the abyss thus.
Death, god/God, doubt, grief, life, surviving, philosophy
...they're all (and MORE!!!) there to embrace you.

From here I immediately progressed to her first of three novels
"Novel On Yellow Paper"...in many ways a different kettle of fish!!!!

In 1977, 6 years after Stevie's death at 68, Hugh Whitmore wrote
the stageplay "STEVIE" which later became a film both starring
the ever-satisfying Glenda Jackson. I saw the film on TV many years ago.

There are over 300 poems in this selection.
I've chosen the final one to end... COME DEATH (II)

I feel ill. What can the matter be?
I'd ask God to have pity on me.
But I turn to the one I know, and say:
Come, Death, and carry me away.

Ah me, sweet Death, you are the only god
Who comes as a servant when he is called, you know,
Listen then to this sound I make, it is sharp,
Come, Death. Do not be slow.

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