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Robin Williams: "Not Waving but Drowning"

I read the insightful poem “Not Waving but Drowning” by Stevie Smith in the 1980s, and it was this telling poem title that flew into my mind when I heard the shocking and tragic news that Robin Williams had taken his own life… 274 more words

Not Waving But Drowning

News Of The Day

I got a text this morning. It was from a friend who had clicked on her Facebook icon before me, only to find that the legend, Robin Williams, had taken his own life. 750 more words

wildfillysama: Another favourite poet

Creative writing is plodding along at the moment. Mostly doing lots of logistics and figuring out which characters are going to be where/how similar they’re going to be to their original formulations. 671 more words

Litany: Seinfeld Quotes + Poets = Seinquoets

As an avid Seinfeld viewer and poetry reader, I enjoy when the two inexplicably coalesce in my mind. The more I considered it, the more I realized that quite a few famous Seinfeld quotes could have been uttered or written by famous poets. 377 more words


Checking In

One of my favourite poems is an irreverent yet poignant piece by the British poet Stevie Smith.   Not Waving But Drowning examines a single tragic event (a drowning) from duelling perspectives – the perspective of the victim and that of the onlookers who try to make sense of the tragedy. 1,891 more words


Cakes, poems, laughter and insight

Just back from another poetry appreciation evening in The Mission, North Shields. We listened to each other read and then discussed poems by writers including A.P Herbert, Edwin Morgan, Stevie Smith & John Clare. 111 more words

Not Waving But Drowning by Stevie Smith

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…

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