An instant New York Times Bestseller, Smith’s debut memoir-in-vignettes is an unflinching look at what it means to live and write our own lives. “This book is nothing less than a cathartic miracle.” —Alissa Nutting
Named one of the “Best Poetry Books of 2017” by the Washington Post and praised for its “dynamically precise and vivid images, and [Smith’s] uncanny ability to find just the right word or action to crack open our known experience,” this book is much more than its title poem.
Selected by Kimiko Hahn as the winner of the 2012 Dorset Prize, The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison is “as much about the terrible and beautiful dreams of children as it is about waking up as a parent. This is a rare book of poems.” —Stanley Plumly
In Maggie Smith’s award-winning chapbook, “as in the Brothers Grimm, we learn early how hazardous life is and how eagerly our fate awaits us. In these inventive new poems, Smith borrows elements from folktales, fairy tales, and fables.” —Kathy Fagan
Smith’s award-winning debut collection explores themes of place, memory, and myth. “These are poems we trust, poems that ask hard questions while at the same time convincing us of the magic in the world.” —Carol Potter