Maggie Smith is a poet whose work has been widely published, anthologized, and has appeared in Best American Poetry, the New York Times, The New Yorker and elsewhere. Her latest book, Keep Moving: Notes on Loss, Creativity, and Change, a collection of essays and quotes, is a national bestseller.
In this episode, Maggie and Eric discuss this new book and how for her, writing poetry is having a conversation with herself, problem solving, and healing on paper.
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In This Interview, Maggie Smith and I discuss Writing for Healing and…
- Her book, Keep Moving: Notes on Loss, Creativity, and Change
- The dark time in her life that gave birth to her growth
- How hope is imaginative and necessary if you’re to come out of difficulty
- The role of endurance in healing
- Gratitude as a practice even in the darkest times
- That big life changes are often identity issues that cause us to ask “who am I now?”
- Another meaning to the phrase “it’s always something!”
- The reality that we pave the path of the future one step at a time
- Her experience as a recovering pessimist
- The difference between her poetry and her essays
- The role of setting in her poetry
- How it never feels good in the long run to have done the wrong thing
- Post Traumatic Growth
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