Leaning Toward Light by Tess Taylor

Join us October 26th 6pm at Napa Bookmine for an evening with Tess Taylor author of Leaning Toward Light

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Much like reading a good poem, caring for plants brings comfort, solace, and joy to many. In this new poetry anthology, Leaning toward Light, acclaimed poet and avid gardener Tess Taylor brings together a diverse range of contemporary voices to offer poems that celebrate that joyful connection to the natural world. Several of the most well-known contemporary writers, as well as some of poetry’s exciting rising stars, contribute to this collection including Ross Gay, Jericho Brown, Mark Doty, Jane Hirshfield, Ada Limón, Danusha Laméris, Naomi Shihab Nye, Garrett Hongo, Ellen Bass, and James Crews. With a foreword by Aimee Nezhukumatathil, author of the New York Times bestseller World of Wonders—it includes reflective pauses and sometimes whimsical recipes by the poets themselves.


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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1625 2nd st
Napa, CA 94558
Leaning toward Light: Poems for Gardens & the Hands That Tend Them By Tess Taylor, Aimee Nezhukumatathil (Foreword by) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781635865806
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Storey Publishing, LLC - August 29th, 2023

This beautiful poetry anthology offers a warm, inviting selection of poems from a wide range of voices that speak to the collective urge to grow, tend, and heal—an evocative celebration of our connection to the green world.

Much like reading a good poem, caring for plants brings comfort, solace, and joy to many.