Treasure Island

Elizabeth Smart

(27 December 1913 - 4 March 1986 / Ottawa / Ontario)

Elizabeth Smart
Do you like this poet?
12 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Elizabeth Smart was a Canadian poet and novelist. Her book, By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept, detailed her romance with the poet George Barker. She is the subject of the 1991 biography, By Heart: Elizabeth Smart a Life, by Rosemary Sullivan, and a film, Elizabeth Smart: On the Side of the Angels, produced by Maya Gallus.

Early Years

Smart was born to a prominent family in Ottawa, Ontario; her father, Russell Smart, was a self-made lawyer, and the family had a summer house on Kingsmere Lake located next door to the future Prime Minister of Canada, William Lyon Mackenzie King. She began writing at an early age, publishing her first poem at the age of ... more »

Click here to add this poet to your My Favorite Poets.

Quotations

more quotations »
  • I am over-run, jungled in my bed, I am infested with a menagerie of desires: my heart is eaten by a dove, a cat scrambles in the cave of my sex, hounds in my bed obey a whipmaster who cries nothing bu...
    Elizabeth Smart (1913-1986), Canadian author, poet. By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept, pt. 1 (1945).
  • O I know they make war because they want peace; they hate so that they may live; and they destroy the present to make the world safe for the future. When have they not done and said they did it for th...
    Elizabeth Smart (1913-1986), Canadian author, poet. Necessary Secrets, entry for Feb. 18, 1941, ed. Alice Van Wart (1991).
  • ''Vanity is a vital aid to nature: completely and absolutely necessary to life. It is one of nature's ways to bind you to the earth.''
    Elizabeth Smart (1913-1986), Canadian author, poet. Necessary Secrets, pt. 1, ch. 2, journal entry for June 25, 1933, ed. Alice Van Wart (1991).
Read more quotations »

Comments about Elizabeth Smart

more comments »
Click here to write your comments about Elizabeth Smart
  • George Barker (1/15/2014 3:50:00 PM)

    The previous commenter seems to be confusing two different Elizabeth Smarts. One was a Canadian poet who died in 1986 (the subject of this page) , the other is a young American girl kidnapped in 2002.

  • Kicker Ofelves (8/7/2008 10:36:00 AM)

    It's amazing that she could get kidnapped from her home, engage in polygamy with an old hippie and his wife, be 'rescued', go into a media firestorm, practice the harp and still find time to write such poetry. That Brian Mitchell must've had some fine technique or pimp-hand to drive her to write this:

    'I am over-run, jungled in my bed, I am infested with a menagerie of desires: my heart is eaten by a dove, a cat scrambles in the cave of my sex, hounds in my bed obey a whipmaster who cries nothing but havoc as the hours test my endurance with an accumulation of tortures.'

Read all 2 comments »

Top Poets

PoemHunter.com Updates

[Hata Bildir]