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All The Poems: Stevie Smith by Stevie Smith

By Stevie Smith

The crucial variation of 1 of recent poetry’s such a lot unique voices Stevie Smith is without doubt one of the most well-liked British poets of the 20th century. Her poem “Not Waving yet Drowning” has been largely anthologized, and her lifestyles was once celebrated within the vintage 1978 motion picture Stevie. This new and up-to-date version of Stevie Smith’s accumulated poems contains 1000s of works from her thirty-five-year profession. The Smith student Will may perhaps collects poems and illustrations from released volumes, presents interesting information about their provenance, and describes some 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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You arrived from the living I from the dead. 25 ClNTARE M-am aparat zadarnic si ma strecor din lupta ίη umbra lunii albe, cu lancea nalta rupta. Pusei pamint si ape, zagaze intre noi, $i sintem, pretutindeni, alaturi, amindoi. Te intilnesc pe toata poteca-n asteptare, Necontenita muta a mea insotitoare. Pe la fintini iei unda pe palme si mi-o dai, Iscata dintre pietre si timpuri, fara grai. Ti-ai desfacut camasa si-ntrebi cu sinii-n mina De vreau s-astimpar setea din ei sau din fintina. Ai dus la turtur gura cu gura mea plecata, Voind sa bei cu mine scinteia lui deodata.

Odihna cerindu-i, pamintul sa-ntepe Ivindu-se serpii cind somnul incepe. Pe tine, cadavru spoit cu unsoare, Te blestem sa te-mputi pe picioare, Sa-ti creasca maduva, bogata si larga, Umflata-n sofale, mutata pe targa. Sa nu se cunoasca de frunte piciorul, Rotund ca dovleacul, gingas ca urciorul. Oriunde cu zgirciuri ghicesti madulare, Sa simti ca te arde putin fiecare. Un ochi sa se stringa si sa se sugrume Clipind de-amaruntul, intors catre lume, Cellalt sa-ti ramiie holbat si deschis Si rece-mpietrit ca-ntr-un vis.

To those seeking rest, let earth reply with stings, Snakes appearing when sleep begins. And you, grease-anointed corpse, I damn you to stink on your feet. May your marrow grow rich and thick, Swollen up on sofas, transferred to a stretcher. May your forehead not recognize your foot, Round as a pumpkin, dainty as a pitcher. Wherever you find your limbs have cartilage May each one burn like hell. Let one eye recede to nothing and choke Blinking wildly, looking straight ahead, And the other remain staring, open wide, Stony-cold as in dream.

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