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The List of Dangers

Maggie Smith

Wick Poetry Chapbook Series Four, #7
2010, c. 36 pp
ISBN 978-1-60635-053-9

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“Tight and purposeful as a fable, The List of Dangers gives us sorrows and warnings from a world imbalanced by beasts and little beauties. The images are precise as a child’s playroom—keyholes, miniature candelabra, the ‘trebly notes’ of wrens and gypsies— but perilous in their tender transformations. Maggie Smith’s rich lyric gifts produce here a poetry of balancing composure in the face of peril and pretty chance.”
—David Baker, author of Midwest Eclogue

“In Maggie Smith’s The List of Dangers, 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 to remind us once again that ‘Nothing stays good for long’ and ‘No one [is] preserved.’ And just as before, we’re thrilled by each tale and tickled to death at our own imperilment.” —Kathy Fagan, author of Lip

Maggie Smith holds an MFA from The Ohio State University. She is the author of two prizewinning collections of poems, Lamp of the Body and Nesting Dolls, and the recipient of two Academy of American Poets Prizes and two fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council. Smith’s poems have appeared in The Paris Review, The Gettysburg Review, Indiana Review, Gulf Coast, The Iowa Review, and many other journals.


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