Poetry ain’t dead. Check out these good bones.


(poetry diary 144) As the child of poets/college professors, I grew up hearing discussion after discussion after discussion about whether or not poetry is dead. After growing up and reading thousands of articles about poetry for this blog I’ve learned that is that there is no way in hell that it is, especially now that we’re in the Digital Age.  For two items of proof, check out these articles on the most-read contemporary poem of 2016:

Maggie Smith and the poem that captured the mood of a tumultuous year – Nora Krug – The Washington Post – January 5, 2017

Last summer, Maggie Smith — no, not that one — sat in a Starbucks in Bexley, Ohio, and wrote a poem. “Life is short, though I keep this from my children,” it began. Smith had no idea that she was setting down the first lines of a work that would seize the mood — and social-media accounts — of so many people in the tumultuous year that was 2016.

Bexley poet Maggie Smith still amazed by acclaim for ‘official poem of 2016,’ ‘Good Bones’ – Joe Blundo – The Columbus Dispatch – January 9, 2017

Maggie Smith enters 2017 still a little dazed at seeing one of her creations dubbed the “official poem of 2016.”

“Good Bones” inspired celebrity tweets and a musical performance. People bought frameable copies as Christmas gifts. And she just received word that it will figure into the plot of a prime-time TV drama.

“It’s like, how is this my life?” said Smith, 40, who has been writing poetry long enough to know that poems rarely go viral.



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