Maggie Smith with Dana Levin - Goldenrod

Tuesday, July 27, 2021 - 5:30pm

Tuesday, July 27, 5:30pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Left Bank Books and Saint Louis Poetry Center welcome award-winning poet and bestselling author of Keep Moving and Good Bones
Maggie Smith,
who will discuss and read from her new collection 
on our Facebook Live Page at 5:30pm CT on July 27.
Smith will be in conversation with award winning St. Louis poet
Dana Levin.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a SIGNED copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
About Goldenrod
"To read Maggie Smith is to embrace the achingly precious beauty of the present moment." --Time

From the award-winning poet and bestselling 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.

"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, Singer/Songwriter, The Old 97's

"With keen perception Maggie Smith charts the world like a cartographer--all the greens and blues and yellows are there, but so are all the troughs and valleys, the darkest wonders. Smith holds our hands and leads us into and through all of the grief, beauty, and alchemy of the world." -- Victoria Chang, author of Obit


About our Speakers

Maggie Smith is the award-winning author of Good BonesThe Well Speaks of Its Own PoisonLamp of the Body, and the national bestseller Keep Moving: Notes on Loss, Creativity, and Change. A 2011 recipient of a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, Smith has also received several Individual Excellence Awards from the Ohio Arts Council, two Academy of American Poets Prizes, a Pushcart Prize, and fellowships from the Sustainable Arts Foundation and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She has been widely published, appearing in The New York TimesThe New YorkerThe Paris ReviewThe Best American Poetry, and more. You can follow her on social media @MaggieSmithPoet.

Dana Levin’s fourth book is Banana Palace (Copper Canyon Press, 2016), a finalist for the Rilke Prize. Previous books include In the Surgical Theatre, Wedding Day, and Sky Burial, which The New Yorker called “utterly her own and utterly riveting.” Her fellowships and awards include those from the National Endowment for the Arts, PEN, the Witter Bynner Foundation and the Library of Congress, as well as from the Lannan, Rona Jaffe, Whiting and Guggenheim Foundations. Levin currently serves as Distinguished Writer in Residence at Maryville University in St. Louis, where she lives.


All you need to do to participate is log in to your personal Facebook account, go to Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page, and wait for the livestream to begin on the page (you may need to refresh the page periodically until the stream begins). You may also watch the simulcast on Left Bank's YouTube channel.


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Goldenrod: Poems By Maggie Smith Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982185060
Availability: On Our Shelves (Note - We update this inventory once per day.)
Published: Atria/One Signal Publishers - July 27th, 2021

Keep Moving: Notes on Loss, Creativity, and Change By Maggie Smith Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982132071
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Published: Atria/One Signal Publishers - October 6th, 2020

Good Bones: Poems By Maggie Smith Cover Image
ISBN: 9781946482013
Availability: Ships quickly (1-7 days)
Published: Tupelo Press - October 2nd, 2017

Banana Palace By Dana Levin Cover Image
ISBN: 9781556595059
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - October 11th, 2016

Sky Burial By Dana Levin Cover Image
ISBN: 9781556593321
Availability: Ships quickly (1-7 days)
Published: Copper Canyon Press - March 15th, 2011


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