Keep Moving: Notes on Loss, Creativity, and Change

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Atria/One Signal Publishers
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5.7 X 6.9 X 0.7 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author
Maggie Smith is the award-winning author of You Could Make This Place Beautiful, Good Bones, The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison, Lamp of the Body, and the national bestsellers Goldenrod and Keep Moving: Notes on Loss, Creativity, and Change. A 2011 recipient of a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, Smith has also received several Individual Excellence Awards from the Ohio Arts Council, two Academy of American Poets Prizes, a Pushcart Prize, and fellowships from the Sustainable Arts Foundation and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She has been widely published, appearing in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Best American Poetry, and more. You can follow her on social media @MaggieSmithPoet.
"I fell in love with Maggie Smith's genius after reading her poem "Good Bones" in which she pronounced the world a shithole that we could all make beautiful. Her new book KEEP MOVING speaks to you like an encouraging friend reminding you that you can feel and survive deep loss, sink into life's deep beauty, and constantly, constantly make yourself new. Who doesn't need a friend--and a book--like that?"
--Glennon Doyle, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of LOVE WARRIOR and UNTAMED
"In Keep Moving, poet Maggie Smith takes what William James called 'torn-to-pieces-hood' and knits it into something new and surprising and fortifying. I'm so grateful for the clarity, compassion, and wit in these pages. This is a book that will change you, a book you will want to give to someone you love. I've never read anything quite like it."
--Lucy Kalanithi, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Stanford University, and widow of Paul Kalanithi, author of When Breath Becomes Air
"Every once in a long, long while a book comes along that challenges and changes everything. Keep Moving is exactly that book: an ingenious synthesis of poetry, proverbs, journaling, lyrical prose, belles-lettres, psalms, meditations, and aphorisms. It defies any tidy definition, and thus, practically defines a new genre that gives everyone--no matter what walk of life--the gift of pausing to reflect on what we didn't know we already knew about ourselves because we never had words for it, until Maggie Smith. These pages give us a unique and poetic opportunity to recognize the joys within our failures, the peace within our terrors, the simplicity within our complex lives--and then some! It is sure to become a classic that will be read for decades to come."
--Richard Blanco, Presidential Inaugural Poet, author of How to Love a Country
"Keep Moving offers a bouquet of generosities in one hand, and a bouquet of soft but firm honesty in the other.... A promise that what doesn't get better sometimes gets easier. And that, too, is worthy of celebration."
--Hanif Abdurraqib, author of Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to a Tribe Called Quest
"I read this book in one sitting during one of the most difficult weeks of my life....This isn't lofty self-help stuff; she doesn't speak from above. Instead, she speaks next to you, whispering right in your ear that we are all in the trenches together. Every single page of this book made me breathe a little deeper and feel a little less alone."
--Amanda Palmer, singer, songwriter, musician, author of The Art of Asking
"I wish I'd had a copy of Keep Moving when my first marriage ended. It would have consoled my fears about being alone. Maggie Smith writes so honestly without being brutal, and she shows readers hope while avoiding the saccharine... To experience relief from a book is a rare and wonderful thing. Keep Moving gave me that relief."
--Bella Mackie, author of Jog On
"I lived this book in real time. I was going through something hard and heartbreaking, and every day I'd log onto social read what you now hold in your hands: truth and pain and empathy and the wisdom that comes with living. We keep moving. I kept moving. So can you. I will carry copies of this beautiful gift of a book in my pockets and give them to everyone I know."
--Megan Stielstra, author of The Wrong Way to Save Your Life
"Candid, lyrical, and full of empathy, this is a book that feels vital and welcome in these times . . . . A stunning and wise piece of work."
--Sinéad Gleeson, author of Constellations
"Maggie Smith's mantras are a faithful and forgiving companion, coaxing us through the darkness and toward our own resilience."
--Rebecca Soffer, coauthor Modern Loss: Candid Conversation About Grief. Beginners Welcome.
"Maggie Smith's voice is the one I hear in my head, the one that keeps me going when I don't feel I can. And now, with this book, she has gifted the entire world with that particular brand of magic."
--Jennifer Pastiloff, author of On Being Human