Maggie Smith: ...that the best poems come from ordinary moments


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We’re delighted to welcome our guest on this episode, bestselling poet and author Maggie Smith. Her poems and essays have appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, the Washington Post and the Guardian, in addition to many other publications.

In 2016, Maggie’s poem “Good Bones” went viral internationally and has been shared countless times since by those of us who struggle to keep the realities of life’s ugliness from children. Last year, her book, Keep Moving: Notes on Loss, Creativity, and Change, became a breakout bestseller in the midst of the pandemic.

Her latest book of poetry is called 'Goldenrod' and you can check out her website at


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