Stevie Smith

(20 September 1902 – 7 March 1971 / Kingston upon Hull)

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  • Disa Miller (3/5/2006 8:53:00 PM)

    My favorite poem by Stevie Smith (Florence Smith) is 'Nor we of her to him.' I love the brother Grimm touches she put into her poems, it gives it a new flavor. in a way she's was like the Emeril of poetry. she added a little Bam! :)

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  • Darrell Rosenbluth (2/8/2006 5:13:00 PM)

    There's only one poem of Stevie Smith's that I truly love and that's NOT WAVING BUT DROWNING. A wonderful movie about her life was made in the 1970's with Glenda Jackson and Mona Washbourne - great cast and great movie and good for the whole family and S. Smith was a real character - the movie captures an unusual blend of childishness, adult, dreamer, realist, tragic - curious combination. It's on video I know. It's called 'STEVIE'.

I Do Not Speak

I do not ask for mercy for understanding for peace
And in these heavy days I do not ask for release
I do not ask that suffering shall cease.

I do not pray to God to let me die
To give an ear attentive to my cry
To pause in his marching and not hurry by.

I do not ask for anything I do not speak

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