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    illustration of a man drowning in the ocean waves

    Stevie Smith’s “Not Waving But Drowning”

    A Visual Interpretation

    By Julian Peters

    October 27, 2020
    • Mark Smith

      Thanks for this wonderful illustration of a poem I used to teach. I always loved it, and I like to think my students did too. Many of them "got it" right away, adolescence being a time of feigned competence and quiet suffering for many. It's a great poem by a great poet, beautifully illustrated. Thank you!

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    Source: Stevie Smith, “Not Waving but Drowning,” from Collected Poems of Stevie Smith (New York: New Directions, 1983). Copyright © 1972 by Stevie Smith. Reprinted by permission of New Directions Publishing Corp. and by permission of Faber and Faber, Ltd.

    Contributed By JulianPeters Julian Peters

    Julian Peters is an illustrator and comic book artist living in Montreal, Canada, who focuses on adapting classical poems into graphic art. His work has been exhibited internationally and published in several poetry and graphic art collections.

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