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Title
Best Poems
Author
Stevie Smith
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
New Directions Books
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20201218

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 the same time her work has an eerie levity. Countless are her witty ways. The title of her first collection says it perfectly: A Good Time Was Had by All.



I longed for companionship rather,
But my companions I always wished farther.
And now in the desolate night
I think only of people I should like to bite.

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Stevie Smith (1902-1971) was the author of three novels and nine poetry volumes and lived almost her whole life in northern London. She was officially recognized with the Cholmondeley Award for Poetry in 1966 and the Queen's Gold Medal for poetry in 1969.

A rare bird, a Maltese falcon. A more individual talent than Stevie Smith's you don't get.

Unique and cheerfully gruesome: a charming and original poet.
Robert Lowell

Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Poetry.
Country of Publication
New York (State)
Number of Pages
151

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