—Hermione Lee, The New York Review of Books`
Now, forty-five years after her death, bound inside this large annotated collection, [Smith] can be celebrated as a major English poet of the twentieth century. She is a writer of astonishing skill, range, comedy, and depth of feeling; she is inimitable, strange, and utterly original.
—Cynthia Zarin, The New Yorker
That sense of the uncanny, the unheimlich or the peculiar, the grip of childhood terrors, the chance—perhaps our greatest fear—of never being known, the intimacy of wickedness, they are all here, in these poems.
—Donna Seaman, Booklist (starred review)
A landmark volume brimming with wit, surprises, sardonic pleasures, and abiding compassion.
—Angela Leighton, The Times Literary Supplement
A poet who deserves a place, among her follow modernists, as one of the best, silly-serious, funny-sad, mock mock-heroic poets of our time.
—Barbara Berman, The Rumpus
Smith’s great gift is to sit on our shoulder like a feisty bird that’s traveled a long distance, has been half starved on the way, and hopes your map will be a different from hers.
—Michael Dirda, The Washington Post
Those crazy about this wonderful and strange poet will obviously want Will May’s splendid All the Poems
—David Orr, The New York Times Book Review
She is a great poet because almost half a century after her death, her poems are more startling and bizarre than those of many poets who deliberately set out, as one suspects Smith never did, to be startling and bizarre.