Advanced Poetry Writing
Pima Northwest Campus (Bldg A A322)
Class day: Thursdays, 6:30-9:10pm
Instructor: Shelly Taylor
Shelly Taylor is the author of two chapbooks: Peaches the Yes-Girl (Portable Press at YoYo Labs, 2008) and Land Wide to Get a Hold Lost In (Dancing Girl Press, 2009). Black-Eyed Heifer, her first full-length manuscript, was published May 2010 from Tarpaulin Sky Press and was named one of the top 30 poetry books of 2010 by Coldfront Magazine.
Black-Eyed Heifer is also filled with a rural kind of dark wisdom—the kind of living some of us have forgotten, the kind with "Brown lawns, tumbleweed in the nosegay handle" where "the windows are boarded up" and a "Big truck hums the way a fine diesel should." This is the new geography and language of Yoknapatawpha County; in Taylor's pages the words slowly grow over you like kudzu. Slowly, but inevitably, they overtake the soil, the roads, the train tracks, your whole country.
– review by John Findura in H.O.W. Journal, March 2011