Maggie Smith is a poet and author of the national bestsellers Goldenrod and Keep Moving: Notes on Loss, Creativity, and Change, as well as Good Bones, The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison, and Lamp of the Body. Maggie’s poems and essays are widely published and anthologized, appearing in Best American Poetry, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, the Washington Post, The Guardian, and elsewhere.
In this episode, Maggie Smith joins Eric and Ginny for a conversation about her poetry and learning about ourselves through life’s experiences
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Maggie Smith and Ginny and I Discuss Poetry and Life Lessons and…
- Allowing feelings to come and waiting them out
- Her black and white thinking and working with her judgment
- Asking what’s really at stake and what is the cost of saying yes instead of no
- Keeping our inner critic in check
- How we can learn to parent ourselves
- The suffering that comes from judging our feelings that come up
- Her Keep Moving Journal with many writing prompts
- The lessons we can only learn from living through the tough times
- Her poem, Goldenrod
- Her desire to capture what she’s observing by writing it down
- How she processes and gets at things on paper
- Her poem, The Hum
- The importance of turning up the self-compassion and turning down the self-criticism
- Her poem, Wild
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If you enjoyed this conversation with Maggie Smith, you might also enjoy these other episodes:
Writing for Healing with Maggie Smith (2021)
Finding Your Creativity with Julia Cameron
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