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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.

—Hermione Lee, The New York Review of Books`

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.

—Cynthia Zarin, The New Yorker

A landmark volume brimming with wit, surprises, sardonic pleasures, and abiding compassion.

—Donna Seaman, Booklist (starred review)

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.

—Angela Leighton, The Times Literary Supplement

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.

—Barbara Berman, The Rumpus

Those crazy about this wonderful and strange poet will obviously want Will May’s splendid All the Poems

—Michael Dirda, The Washington Post

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.

—David Orr, The New York Times Book Review

I love her, I am crazy about her, she is innocent and smashing like a Blake only new, and a lot of pathos under the deadpan sad funny stuff, a lot of true religion.

—Thomas Merton
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