Work and Days by Tess Taylor

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In 2010, Tess Taylor was awarded the Amy Clampitt Fellowship. Her prize: A rent-free year in a cottage in the Berkshires, where she could finish a first book. But Taylor—outside the city for the first time in nearly a decade, and trying to conceive her first child—found herself alone. To break up her days, she began to intern on a small farm, planting leeks, turning compost, and weeding kale. In this calendric cycle of 28 poems, Taylor describes the work of this year, considering what attending to vegetables on a small field might achieve now. Against a backdrop of drone strikes, “methamphetamine and global economic crisis,” these poems embark on a rich exploration of season, self, food, and place. Threading through the farm poets—Hesiod, Virgil, and John Clare—Taylor revisits the project of small scale farming at the troubled beginning of the 21st century. In poems full of bounty, loss and the mysteries of the body, Taylor offers a rich, severe, memorable meditation about what it means to try to connect our bodies and our time on earth.
 

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Published April 8, 2016 by Red Hen Press. 72 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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As winner of an Amy Clampitt Fellowship, Taylor (The Forage House) spent a year living rent-free in a Berkshires cottage to pursue her writing. She refreshed herself by volunteering on a nearby farm, and here she chronicles the cycle of work ("we bo

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