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another literary classic! August 24, 2007

Filed under: General,parenting articles,poetry and stuff — paulabrown @ 9:48 am

I love this poem!

Stevie Smith – Not Waving But Drowning

Nobody heard him, the dead man,
But still he lay moaning:

I was much further out than you thought

And not waving but drowning.

Poor chap, he always loved larking

And now he’s dead

It must have been too cold for him
his heart gave way,
They said.

Oh, no no no, it was too cold always
(Still the dead one lay moaning)
I was much too far out all my life

And not waving but drowning.


One Response to “another literary classic!”

  1. "Aunt" Marsha Says:

    Greetings from the NYC branch of Paula’s family! I love the Stevie Smith poem–it’s great for a poetry discussion group. But as you’re mostly parents of young children you might want to look at the following part of the London Poetry Library website. I got particularly stuck on the link to Potty Poets and the poem “Always Eat Your Bogies” which I’m sure kids will love! I guess this shows how “young (or old) at heart” I am!


    The Scottish Poetry Library, which I’ve had the great pleasure to visit as part of an Institute to train librarians in “poetry work”, also has wonderful links to poetry and literature in education. (It’s not as ponderous as it sounds). It’s at


    Finally, when you all visit NYC in (approximately) Fall 2008, please come to see the brand new (thus the uncertain opening date) Poets House at 2 River Terrace in Battery Park City. I’m the Poetry in The Branches Coordinator for Poets House and I do outreach to public libraries so that they will create better poetry environments. In the new PH we’ll have a brand new children’s room and programs for young kids. At the moment, our 1000 origami cranes are in storage, waiting to be re-hung from the ceiling. Our current web site,


    is a bit boring. (Don’t tell my bosses I said so). But keep watch on it and you’ll find out the opening date. Should you visit NYC before we’re reopened we’ll be having children’s poetry programs at sites around the city.

    Kids are natural poets! Make them love it before school ruins it for them. (Is that still happening?)


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