We've heard of viral photos. Viral videos. Viral tweets.
But a viral poem? That hadn't really happened, in any earth-shattering way, until last summer. That's when a heart-rending poem by Ohio-based writer Maggie Smith began its tear across our social media feeds, leaving hundreds of thousands of readers in a state of amazement that someone they had never met had rendered their secret preoccupations with such plainspoken accuracy.
The poem was called "Good Bones," and for a constellation of inscrutable reasons, it spoke to Americans' mounting sense of unease about the world. Its popularity was helped by its conversational tone and probably the moment it arrived, according to a story about the poem in the Washington Post, three days after the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, Fla. last summer.
Smith will read "Good Bones" and much of her other work on Aug. 12 as part of the final event in this summer's Silo City Reading Series, inside an echoing grain silo along the Buffalo river. The event will also feature a reading from Buffalo poet Annette Daniels Taylor, music by Bean Friend and dance from Nancy Hughes & Center Dance.
Silo City Reading Series: 7 p.m. Aug. 12 in Silo City, 100 Silo City Row. Call 832-5400 or visit justbuffalo.org.