Anne Stevenson

Anne Stevenson latest collection of poems, The Other House, was published in 1990.

Poem: ‘Alas’

Anne Stevenson, 7 July 1994

The way you say the world is what you get. What’s more, you haven’t time to change or choose. The words swim out to pin you in their net

Before you guess you’re in the TV set Lit up and sizzling with unfriendly news. The mind’s machine – and you invented it –

Grinds out the formulae you have to fit, The ritual syllables you need to use To charm the world...

Poem: ‘A Belief’

Anne Stevenson, 23 July 1992

              He was an economist               so he believed in growth. ‘You can’t have economics without growth.’               The word ‘development’...

Two Poems

Anne Stevenson, 12 March 1992


A memory kissed my mind   and its courtesy hurt me On an ancient immaculate lawn   in an English county you declared love, but from politesse   didn’t inform me that the fine hairs shadowing my lip   were a charge against me.

Your hair was gods’ gold, curled,   and your cricketer’s body tanned – as mine never...


Anthony Thwaite, 26 October 1989

Writing a BBC Third Programme review of Donald Hall’s Penguin Contemporary American Poetry exactly a month before she killed herself early in 1963, Sylvia Plath praised ‘the...

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