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2019 Common Reader

Work & Days
by Tess Taylor

Tess Taylor’s poems challenge readers to reflect on work, on the comfort and purpose it offers in an uncertain and disorienting world. Taylor’s cycle of agricultural poems builds upon the classical model of Virgil’s Georgics, confronting topics recognizable to contemporary readers: climate change, war, and personal sorrow. Despite grappling with these difficult topics, Work & Days remains hopeful.