In her foreword to All The Poems (2003) Muriel Spark wrote, Although most of my life has been devoted to fiction, I have always thought of myself as a poet.
I do not write poetic prose, but feel that my outlook on life and my perceptions of events are those of a poet. Including previously uncollected work, this new edition demonstrates her ear for the rightness of a line and her eye for the telling detail, her command of poetic forms and her ability to rise to the different challenges of freer verse.
Sparks poems are witty, idiosyncratic and haunting, transforming the familiar into glittering moments of strangeness, revealing the dark and light music beneath the mundane.
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