32 Comments
Feb 13Liked by Maggie Smith

Happy Birthday! Today would also have been my great grandmother's birthday --- she was a poet and wrote a novel but was a single mom as her husband died very young in a horse accident, so she never got the time until much later in life. At age 53! she decided to go to college with her youngest kid (my grandmother). The only place that would let her in along with grandma was Oberlin! So, my Ohio roots....

Expand full comment

Happy Birthday and so glad I found you! I am reading "You Could Make this Place Beautiful" by Maggie Smith and loving it. ;-) . I am also reading "Postcard " by Anne Berest which is not a romp, but a quick read for such a long book. I am reading with the Brandenburg concertos by Bach playin in the background on my firs record player. Yes, my first LP player - I did grow up with vinyl; I'm 67 (so you are a teen to me!). Quite a long wait to have my own record player and not have to listen to what the boys want to play. Hope it's a grand year, Maggie and best of luck with the lovely children's book.

Expand full comment

Oh, to be 47 again and give birth to a book of dreams. My, much older, birthday is two weeks away. Thanks for reminding me to use my wings.

Expand full comment
Feb 13·edited Feb 13Liked by Maggie Smith

Oh, happy, happy birthday, Maggie! Both my parents' birthdays were a couple of weeks ago and my brother's birthday is tomorrow. So many Aquariuses in my life! (Aquarii?)

Actually, I've been rereading your memoir recently, since you are coming to a class I'm taking with Amanda Montei next week. I was reflecting to the group over the weekend that it makes perfect sense to me that as a poet, you've also become a children's book author because the great thing that poetry and children's books offer is the ability to leave out extraneous words and get to the heart of things succinctly. My mother (my favorite Aquarius), who is a long-time lover of all things children's lit has been known to say that the problem with adult books is "all the extra words." Ha! I should probably send your new children's book to her as a belated birthday gift.

Expand full comment

Happy Birthday, Maggie. My copy of your new book is on its way…Yay. Enjoy everything.

Expand full comment

That poem is magnificent!

Expand full comment

Happy birthday, Maggie! My daughters and I cannot WAIT to read your beautiful children's book. And I also watched "Good Grief" and "C'mon C'mon" this month and loved both. That scene in C'mon C'mon...."I'm fine and that's a totally reasonable response!" I've been thinking about that constantly lately.

Expand full comment

I ordered two of your books, but they have not been delivered yet. What should I do?

Expand full comment
Feb 13Liked by Maggie Smith

Marvelous, you! HBD2U! Eager to order and read your new gem of a book, I'm sure. My 81-year-old partner fellow sends his best on your day, which he shares with you. Wishing you as many decades as he's had of creative work!

Expand full comment
Feb 13Liked by Maggie Smith

Happy Birthday Maggie!

I trust you will have a beautiful day. So glad you got to rock it with your fellow poets and writers at the AWP conference! That poem, "Will You," reminds me of Good Bones. Lovely and rueful.

I will think of you when I am sitting in a coffee shop trying to finish an ecopoem for a group I'm in, enjoying the thrill of a deadline when you are almost finished but not quite. You have definitely inspired me since I took the plunge into Instagram one day when I wanted to find out more about the writer of Good Bones. And that's led to many more poets discovered. And then, your For Dear Life has really "thickened the story" for me, since there is a way to engage about the craft without having to come up with a new emoji every five minutes!

Happy Bookday, Happy Birthday!

Expand full comment
Feb 13·edited Feb 13Liked by Maggie Smith

Cheers to you and to birthdays and to new books and to a new playlist and to poems and to colors and to another year! I may borrow your practice of a birthday playlist; I've got 6 months to pick the right 48 songs for this year :)

Expand full comment
Feb 13Liked by Maggie Smith

Happy Birthday, Maggie! A hearty congrats to you on the release of your new picture book; haven’t bought a copy yet, but I intend to do so soon—slowly building a little library for my now 8 day old niece and I know that your lovely book will soon become a part of it. And thank you for sharing such an awesome and fun playlist! Wishing you a day filled with unexpected delights. ✨🥳💫🌞

Expand full comment
Feb 13Liked by Maggie Smith

Wow, which to say first—Happy Birthday or Happy Pub Day? How fabulous for you Maggie. That photo on stage is precious—all those smiles. And yes, in a bar with 200 people! Thanks for sharing your Spotify playlist. I'm guessing it embeds like that in Substack with the hyperlink? Now I'm off to try for my next post. Hah! I love technology. Cheers! Happy Valentine's Day—I love your work. ❤️

Expand full comment

Happy Birthday! I hope you have a great day and a fantastic year ahead.

And from another Violet(a), thank you for linking to that article about the Impressionists! 😊

Expand full comment

Happy birthday, Maggie! I just got my package from Gramercy on my way out the door and can’t wait to open your new book when I get home ❤️

Expand full comment

I ordered my copies! I hope you had a beautiful birthday! 💚

Expand full comment