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National Best seller

Named a Best Book of 2021 by NPR

​​“To read Maggie Smith is to embrace the achingly precious beauty of the present moment.” (Time)

“A captivating collection from a wise, accessible poet.” (People) 

From the award-winning poet and best-selling author of Keep Moving and Good Bones, a stunning poetry collection that celebrates the beauty and messiness of life.

With her breakout bestseller Keep Moving, Maggie Smith captured the nation with her “meditations on kindness and hope” (NPR). Now, with Goldenrod, the award-winning poet returns with a powerful collection of poems that look at parenthood, solitude, love, and memory. Pulling objects from everyday life — a hallway mirror, a rock found in her son’s pocket, a field of goldenrods at the side of the road — she reveals the magic of the present moment. Only Maggie Smith could turn an autocorrect mistake into a line of poetry, musing that her phone “doesn’t observe / the high holidays, autocorrecting / shana tova to shaman tobacco, / Rosh Hashanah to rose has hands.”​

Slate called Smith’s “superpower as a writer” her “ability to find the perfect concrete metaphor for inchoate human emotions and explore it with empathy and honesty.” The poems in Goldenrod celebrate the contours of daily life, explore and delight in the space between thought and experience, and remind us that we decide what is beautiful.

©2021 Maggie Smith. All rights reserved (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved

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Powerful Collection

This is my favorite 2021 poetry book. Hearing the author read the poems as I followed along with the book heightened my appreciation for this collection.

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Beautiful, poignant, tragic, sometimes humorous thoughts on humanity, intertwined with connections to the natural world. Inspiring and heartbreaking... as poems should be.