Elizabeth Smart

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

Elizabeth Smart Poems

1. Blake's Sunflower 1/13/2003
2. O Poor People 1/13/2003
3. A Bonus 1/13/2003

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.

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  • 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.'

Best Poem of Elizabeth Smart

A Bonus

That day i finished
A small piece
For an obscure magazine
I popped it in the box

And such a starry elation
Came over me
That I got whistled at in the street
For the first time in a long time.

I was dirty and roughly dressed
And had circles under my eyes
And far far from flirtation
But so full of completion
Of a deed duly done
An act of consummation
That the freedom and force it engendered
Shone and spun
Out of my old raincoat.

It must have looked like love
Or a fabulous free holiday
To the young men sauntering
Down Berwick...

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