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Known to her friends as "Jed," Genevieve Taggard (1894-1948) published over ten collections of poetry and had a substantial public in her day. Taggard was raised in Hawaii and attended the University of California, Berkeley. Following graduation, she moved to New York where she was active in socialist literary circles. She contributed poems to the leftist journal The Liberator, edited May Days: An Anthology of Masses-Liberator Verse, 1912-1924 (1925), and served as a contributing editor for New Masses. Not all of her poetry was political. Her early collection For Eager Lovers (1922) focuses principally on love and the natural world. In addition to writing verse, Taggard penned the study The Life and Mind of Emily Dickinson (1930) and in her later years taught literature at Mount Holyoke, Bennington, and Sarah Lawrence.
The first Issue of The Measure: A Journal of Poetry, featuring Genevieve Taggard's poem "Ice Age," March 1921
In 1921, Taggard helped found and edit The Measure: A Journal of Poetry, with Maxwell Anderson. This inaugural issue of the little magazine features one of Taggard's most critically-acclaimed early poems, "Ice Age," as well as the poem "His House" by Taggard's first husband, Robert L. Wolf. A note on the little magazine's cover announces that it was published at Four Christopher Street, the location of Frank Shay's bookshop.