27 December 1913 - 4 March 1986
O Poor People
O I know they make war because they want peace; they hate so that they may live; and they destroy the present to make the world safe for the future. When have they not done and said they did it for that?
Elizabeth Smart (1913-1986), Canadian author, poet. Necessary Secrets, entry for Feb. 18, 1941, ed. Alice Van Wart (1991).
Vanity is a vital aid to nature: completely and absolutely necessary to life. It is one of nature's ways to bind you to the earth.
Elizabeth Smart (1913-1986), Canadian author, poet. Necessary Secrets, pt. 1, ch. 2, journal entry for June 25, 1933, ed. Alice Van Wart (1991).
15 Jan 2014 03:50
The previous commenter seems to be confusing two different Elizabeth Smarts. One was a Canadian poet who died in 1986 (the subject of this page) , the other is a young American girl kidnapped in 2002.
07 Aug 2008 10:36
It's amazing that she could get kidnapped from her home, engage in polygamy with an old hippie and his wife, be 'rescued', go into a media firestorm, practice the harp and still find time to write such poetry. That Brian Mitchell must've had some fine technique or pimp-hand to drive her to write this: 'I am over-run, jungled in my bed, I am infested with a menagerie of desires: my heart is eaten by a dove, a cat scrambles in the cave of my sex, hounds in my bed obey a whipmaster who cries nothing but havoc as the hours test my endurance with an accumulation of tortures.'