As we continue our journey into the New Year, I’d like to share a poem that was published in a literary journal three days after the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando. The same poem was among the most shared poetry online after the 2016 U.S. elections.
Nora Krug of The Washington Post wrote in her article that Maggie Smith’s Good Bones has been interpreted into a dance by a troupe in India, turned into a musical for the voice and harp, and been translated into Spanish, Italian, French, Korean, Hindi ,Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam.
Julie Marie Wade wrote a beautiful review of the poem on The Rumpus.
Good Bones sounds like a downer poem but I hope you find beauty in it. Poetry Friday round-up is hosted by Sylvia at Poem for Children.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Maggie Smith is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council, and the Sustainable Arts Foundation, among others. Her poem “Good Bones” has gone viral—tweeted and translated across the world, featured on the TV drama Madam Secretary, and called the “Official Poem of 2016” by Public Radio International, earning news coverage in the Washington Post, Slate, the Guardian, and beyond. Maggie Smith was named the 2016 Ohio Poet of the Year.