371: Maggie Smith on Writing for Healing


Manage episode 282699488 series 1659696
By Eric Zimmer|Wondery. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

Maggie Smith is a poet whose work has been widely published, anthologized, and has appeared in Best American Poetry, the New York Times, The New Yorker and elsewhere. Her latest book, Keep Moving: Notes on Loss, Creativity, and Change, a collection of essays and quotes, is a national bestseller.

In this episode, Maggie and Eric discuss this new book and how for her, writing poetry is having a conversation with herself, problem solving, and healing on paper.

If you’d like to start out this new year restoring some balance and putting some healthy habits in place, or if you’re tired of waiting for the right circumstances to make progress towards your goals, Eric, as a behavior coach, can help you.

To book a free, no-pressure 30-minute call with Eric to see if working with him in The One You Feed Personal Transformation Program is right for you, click here.

But wait – there’s more! The episode is not quite over!! We continue the conversation and you can access this exclusive content right in your podcast player feed. Head over to our Patreon page and pledge to donate just $10 a month. It’s that simple and we’ll give you good stuff as a thank you!

In This Interview, Maggie Smith and I discuss Writing for Healing and…

  • Her book, Keep Moving: Notes on Loss, Creativity, and Change
  • The dark time in her life that gave birth to her growth
  • How hope is imaginative and necessary if you’re to come out of difficulty
  • The role of endurance in healing
  • Gratitude as a practice even in the darkest times
  • That big life changes are often identity issues that cause us to ask “who am I now?”
  • Another meaning to the phrase “it’s always something!”
  • The reality that we pave the path of the future one step at a time
  • Her experience as a recovering pessimist
  • The difference between her poetry and her essays
  • The role of setting in her poetry
  • How it never feels good in the long run to have done the wrong thing
  • Post Traumatic Growth

Maggie Smith Links:




KiwiCo: The subscription service that sends your child hands-on science, art, and geography projects each month to build confidence, creativity, and critical thinking skills. Get 30% off your first month plus free shipping on any crate line with the promo code FEED at www.KiwiCo.com

FitTrack Dara Smart Scale: It accurately measures 17 vital health metrics including body composition, hydration levels, and so much more. Stop measuring weight and start measuring health with FitTrack. Go to www.getfittrack.com/wolf to get 50% off your order – plus! for a limited time, you’ll save an additional 10%!

Calm App: The app designed to help you ease stress and get the best sleep of your life through meditations and sleep stories. Join the 85 million people around the world who use Calm to get better sleep. Get 40% off a Calm Premium Subscription (a limited time offer!) by going to www.calm.com/wolf

If you enjoyed this conversation with Maggie Smith on Writing for Healing, you might also enjoy these other episodes:

Writing as a Path to Awakening with Albert Flynn DeSilver

Power of Poetry with Ellen Bass

458 episodes