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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 Goldenrod, 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 Goldenrod 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 9
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