All the Poems

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About the Author

Stevie Smith (1902-1971) was born in Hull, England, but when she was three she moved with her parents and sister to Avondale Road in Palmers Green. Here she stayed for over sixty years, after her parents' death living with her beloved "Lion Aunt." She was the author of three novels and a dozen collections of poetry. Although baptized Florence Margaret Smith, she was nicknamed Stevie after Steve Donoghue the jockey.
Will May is author of Stevie Smith and Authorship (Oxford University Press, 2010)


I am a desperate Stevie Smith addict.--Sylvia Plath
My senses sharpen at the words of Stevie Smith.--Morrissey
A landmark volume brimming with wit, surprises, sardonic pleasures, and abiding compassion.--Donna Seaman
A poet who deserves a place, among her follow modernists, as one of the best, silly-serious, funny-sad, mock mock-heroic poets of our time.--Angela Leighton
She is a great poet because almost half a century after her death, her poems are more startling and bizarre than those of many poets who deliberately set out, as one suspects Smith never did, to be startling and bizarre.--David Orr
Now, forty-five years after her death, bound inside this large annotated collection, [Smith] can be celebrated as a major English poet of the twentieth century. She is a writer of astonishing skill, range, comedy, and depth of feeling; she is inimitable, strange, and utterly original.--Hermione Lee
A rare bird, a Maltese falcon. A more individual talent than Stevie Smith's you don't get.--Clive James
Smith's great gift is to sit on our shoulder like a feisty bird that's traveled a long distance, has been half starved on the way, and hopes your map will be a different from hers.--Barbara Berman
There is variety and inventiveness, much humor and understanding and a constant poignancy. Her gift was to create a peculiar emotional weather between the words, a sense of pity for what is infringed and unfulfilled. Death, waste, loneliness, cruelty, the maimed, the stupid, the innocent, the trusting--her concerns were central ones, her compassion genuine and her vision almost tragic.--Seamus Heaney