Assembling the Manuscript
with Tess Taylor
As poets, how do we put books together? What does it mean to move from writing good poems to weaving and assembling an entire book? How do poets listen to the specific calls of the muse toward disparate verses and keep an eye on the wider shape of a possible emergent volume? We will read several collections to understand their logics of assembly, do strategic writing to fill out our collections, generate new material, edit what we have, and collect strategies for aligning our own poems.
Please note the following schedule updates not shown in the printed catalogue:
- There will be no class on 11/16 (in addition to the following dates when the catalogue indicates there will be no class: 10/12, 11/2, 11/9, and 11/23).
- New end date: 12/7
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August 23: Member registration opens
August 30: General registration opens
Tess Taylor, an avid gardener, is the author of five acclaimed collections of poetry including Work & Days, which was named one of the 10 best books of poetry of 2016 by the New York Times. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The Kenyon Review, Poetry, Tin House, The Times Literary Supplement, CNN, and the New York Times. She has also served as on-air poetry reviewer for NPR’s All Things Considered for over a decade. Taylor is local to the Bay Area where she tends to fruit trees and backyard chickens.
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