Good Bones by Maggie Smith


Featuring Good Bones, which has made a difference to so many people around the globe—called “Official Poem of 2016” by Public Radio International. Maggie Smith writes out of the experience of motherhood, inspired by watching her own children read the world like a book they’ve just opened, knowing nothing of the characters or plot. These poems stare down darkness while cultivating and sustaining possibility and addressing a larger world.

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Maggie Smith is the author of three books of poetry: GOOD BONES (Tupelo Press, September 2017); THE WELL SPEAKS OF ITS OWN POISON (Tupelo Press, 2015); and Lamp of the Body (Red Hen Press, 2005). Smith is also the author of three prizewinning chapbooks. Her poems appear in Best American Poetry, the New York Times, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, The Gettysburg Review, Guernica, Plume, AGNI, Virginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. Smith has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council, and the Sustainable Arts Foundation, among others. She is a freelance writer and editor.

Good Bones by Maggie Smith