Trinity University Press

7 Poets, 4 Days, 1 Book

Marvin Bell (author), István László Geher (author), Ksenia Golubovich (author), Simone Inguanez (author), Christopher Merrill (author), Dean Young (author), Tomaž Šalamun (author)

Seven poets create a conversation in poetry that crosses linguistic borders, aesthetic boundaries, and generational divides

The brilliantly energetic and multi-talented Christopher Merrill devised a virtually unprecedented writing experiment. Launching it with a spirit of literary camaraderie and a dash of mischief, Merrill invited six other poets to join him for four days to write poems in together around a long table in a sunlit room at the University of Iowa, in Iowa City. Crossing differences of generation and gender, language and history, vision and poetics, 7 Poets, 4 Days, 1 Book is a testament to how usually solitary poetic voices can come together in a common purpose to create a choir of voices. As such, it provides a model for other poets, writers, students, and teachers, to perform their own original and inspiring collaborations.


“Christopher Merrill is one of the most gifted, audacious, and accomplished poets of an extraordinarily rich generation. His range of sympathy, subject, and tone has always been prodigious.”

W. S. Merwin

“Marvin Bell has the largest heart since Walt Whitman.”

Harvard Review

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7 Poets, 4 Days, 1 Book cover
  • Price: $14.95
  • Pages: 115
  • Size: 5.5 x 7.5
  • Published: Apr 2009
  • Status: Out of print
  • ISBN: 9781595340368
  • Price: $14.95
  • Published: Apr 2011
  • Status: Available
  • ISBN: 9781595340993