Archive for April 26th, 2012

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Via Media Via Dolorosa by Stevie Smith

There’s so much to be said on either side,
I’ll be dumb.
There’s so much to be said on either side,
I’ll hold my tongue.
For years and years I never said a word,
Now I have lost the art: my voice is never heard,
For my apprehension
Snaps beneath the tension
Of what is to be said on either side.

From: Dowson, Jane, Women’s Poetry of the 1930s: A Critical Anthology, 1996, Routledge:London and New York, p. 143.
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Date: 1937

By: Stevie Smith (1902-1971)