Good Bones

Good Bones

by Maggie Smith


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“As if lost in the soft, bewitching world of fairy tale, Maggie Smith conceives and brings forth this metaphysical Baedeker, a guidebook for mother and child to lead each other into a hopeful present. Smith’s poems affirm the virtues of humanity: compassion, empathy, and the ability to comfort one another when darkness falls. ‘There is a light,’ she tells us, ‘and the light is good.’” — D. A. Powell

“Smith’s voice is clear and unmistakable as she unravels the universe, pulls at a loose thread and lets the whole thing tumble around us, sometimes beautiful, sometimes achingly hard. Truthful, tender, and unafraid of the dark. . . .” —Ada Limón

“It’s Smith’s dynamically precise and vivid images, and her uncanny ability to find just the right word or action to crack open our known experience, that make Good Bones an extraordinary book. (She) demonstrates what happens when an abundance of heart and intelligence meets the hands of a master craftsperson, reminding us again that the world, for a true poet, is blessedly inexhaustible.” —Erin Belieu

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781946482013
Publisher: Tupelo Press
Publication date: 10/01/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 114
Sales rank: 219,924
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Maggie Smith's previous books are The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison (Tupelo, 2015), Lamp of the Body (Red Hen, 2005), and three prize-winning chapbooks: Disasterology (Dream Horse, 2016), The List of Dangers (Kent State, 2010), and Nesting Dolls (Pudding House, 2005). Her poem "Good Bones" has gone viral-tweeted and translated across the world, featured on the TV drama Madam Secretary, and called the "Official Poem of 2016" by the BBC/Public Radio International, earning news coverage in the New York Times, Washington Post, Slate, the Guardian, and beyond. Maggie Smith was named the 2016 Ohio Poet of the Year.

Table of Contents

Weep Up 3

First Fall 4

Marked 5

Sky 7

This Town 8

Twentieth Century 10

The Hawk 12

London Plane 14

Accidental Pastoral 16

Museum 18

The Story of the Mountain 20

Orientation 22

You could never take a car to Greenland 23

At your age I wore a darkness 27

Past 29

Heart 30

Stitches 31

The Crows 32

Let's Not Begin 33

Home-Free 36

Deer Field 38

Nest 39

Size Equals Distance 40

Harrowing 41

Lullaby 42

Where Honey Comes From 44

Rough Air 49

Leaves 51

The Hunters 52

Parachute 54

If anyone can survive 57

Storybook 58

Stonefish 60

Illustration 61

Invincible 63

Your Tongue 64

Splinter 66

The Mother 68

What I Carried 69

Good Bones 75

Transparent 76

Clock 78

Future 80

Cloud Study 81

The Hawk-Kite 83

Reading the Train Book, I Think of Lisa 84

Panel Van 85

Poem with a Line from Bluets 87

Dear 88

Mountain Child 90

Love Poem 92

Rain, New Year's Eve 94

Acknowledgments 97

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