Ohio poet Maggie Smith, long a sustaining force for her craft, saw her fame as a poet skyrocket last year when one of her poems, a piece titled "Good Bones," caught fire with the public in the aftermath of the mass shooting in Orlando and went viral on the internet. It has since gone on to be translated into several languages and has received worldwide acclaim.
"Good Bones" focuses on the poet's acknowledgment that the world is a troubled place overlaid with her efforts to keep that reality from her children. She seeks to show them a realistic landscape with the potential to be made beautiful.
"Good Bones" was originally published in the American literary journal, Waxwing, before taking flight on its own on the internet. Please enjoy.
by Maggie Smith