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William Jay Smith
Born (1918-04-22)April 22, 1918
Winnfield, Louisiana
Died August 18, 2015(2015-08-18) (aged 97)
Lenox, Massachusetts
Occupation Poet
Nationality United States
Alma mater Washington University in St. Louis
Columbia University
Oxford University

I still use a typewriter from time to time, but because I can’t type as well as I used to, I really don’t use one very much.
William Jay Smith
To Tennessee Williams we owe a special debt. In a tragic age, he has transformed loneliness by naming it for us, suffered sordidness with beauty, graced poor hurt lives with love and pity.
William Jay Smith
A fresh and vigorous weed, always renewed and renewing, it will cut its wondrous way through rubbish and rubble.
William Jay Smith
As any parent, teacher, or librarian knows, there is no richer experience than to see children’s faces light up at the suspense of a new tale or the surprise of a new poem. The uninhibited joy with which they listen is surely akin to that of adult audiences of old around campfire and hearth.
William Jay Smith
To the poet, his travels, his adventures, his loves, his indignations are finally resolved in verse, and this, in the end becomes his permanent, indestructible life.
William Jay Smith
For every artist, experience is never complete until it has been reproduced in creative work.
William Jay Smith
I have always used a great variety of verse forms, especially in my poetry for children. I believe that poetry begins in childhood and that a poet who can remember his own childhood exactly can, and should, communicate to children.
William Jay Smith
I always had good recognition from the Southern writers, but the publishers never took any notice of that.
William Jay Smith
I have felt at times with groups of children that I was really being what every poet would like to be – a bard in the old sense.
William Jay Smith
It was the enchantment of spoken verse that led me to write for children.
I believe that poetry should communicate.
I have published so many books in so many years. I can’t complain about any lack of attention. But I’ve never been placed as a Southern writer, which I really am. So I was happy finally to be published by someone in the South.
William Jay Smith