7 Poets, 4 Days, 1 Book
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.