The Featured American Poet, Winter 2021: Tess Taylor

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Tess Taylor, hailed by  Ilya Kaminsky  as ‘the poet for our moment’ resides in El Cerrito, California. Her poems have received international acclaim.  Taylor’s chapbook, The Misremembered World, was selected by Eavan Boland for the Poetry Society of America’s inaugural chapbook competition. The San Francisco Chronicle called her first book, The Forage House,  ‘stunning,’ and it was a finalist for the Believer Poetry Award.  Her second book, Work & Days—a farm journal for a small organic farm—was called ‘our moment’s Georgic’ by Harvard based critic Stephanie Burt, and named one of the 10 best books of poetry in 2016 by the New York Times.  Last West, Taylor’s third book, is a hybrid photo and poetry book. Retracing the steps of Dorothea Lange in California, Taylor documents the  haunting echoes between past and present.  Taylor’s fourth book of poems, Rift Zone, traces literal and metaphoric fault…

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