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Maggie Smith

Goldenrod by Maggie Smith (Paperback ISBN 9781805302469) book cover

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From the award-winning poet and bestselling author of You Could Make This Place Beautiful, Keep Moving and Good Bones, a stunning poetry collection that celebrates the beauty and messiness of life

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 - Maggie Smith reveals the magic of the present moment.

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.

“To read Maggie Smith is to embrace the achingly precious beauty of the present moment”

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“A captivating collection from a wise, accessible poet”

“Maggie Smith is that rare poet who can inspire you, break your heart and make you stop astonished at the planet around you - all in the same poem, often in the same moment. The wisdom of Goldenrod is more than hard-earned, it is a gift”
Ilya Kaminsky, Author Deaf Republic

Goldenrod brims with fervent love for this gorgeous, wounded world. These are poems you want to rush into, poems you will return to more slowly again and again”
Ellen Bass, Author Of Indigo

“The poems in Goldenrod alternate between gratitude and anger, bafflement and forgiveness, but more than anything else, they radiate love. To read Maggie Smith’s poetry is to realize we aren’t alone”
Rhett Miller

Maggie Smith

Maggie Smith is the New York Times bestselling author of seven books of poetry and prose, including You Could Make This Place Beautiful, Good Bones, Goldenrod, Lamp of the Body, The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison and Keep Moving. Her newest book is My Thoughts Have Wings, her debut picture book for children, illustrated by Leanne Hatch. Smith’s poems and essays have appeared in the New York Times, New Yorker, Paris Review, TIME, Nation, Atlantic and Best American Poetry.

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