Aug 11 2021
Poets Aloud with Maggie Smith, Presented by Pittsb...

Poets Aloud with Maggie Smith, Presented by Pittsb...

Presented by Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures at Online/Virtual Space

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.

Admission Info

This event is free, with registration.


Dates & Times

2021/08/11 - 2021/08/11

Additional time info:

Copies of Maggie Smith’s Goldenrod with a signed bookplate will be available from White Whale Bookstore on July 27, 2021. Tiana Clark’s I Can’t Talk About the Trees Without the Blood is available now.

Location Info

Online/Virtual Space