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by Mervyn Taylor
Junction Press (Feb 01, 2006)
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The latest [2006] collection from Mervyn Taylor offers up his familiar blend of the ancestral and the immediate, the natural and the psychological, the phenomenological and the social. "Where does it hurt, / the doctor asks, and lovesick, / the sufferer points everywhere." "Poem after poem after poem left me breathless with admiration until it seemed that all that could happen, is that each poem would have to try to do ’better’ than its predecessor. And towards the end, that began to worry me a bit… And then it [is taken] further still" Kamau Brathwaite."


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by Mervyn Taylor
Junction Press (Jan 01, 1999)
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Using imagery that is subtle yet richly evocative, Mervyn Taylor creates whole lives in just a few short lines. Piquant details and a detached, acutely perceptive voice draw the reader into atmospheres swollen with feeling. These are poems that open up new worlds in which readers may live— Publishers Weekly. [In his poems] I have discovered Taylor’s remarkable ministorytelling talent, his cool, aphoristic phrasing, his tonally discreet prose lyricism, and his quiet, ironic world view. A poet of technical expertise, thematic understatement, language subtlety, and human warmth and compassion— Andrew Salkey, World Literature Today. Mervyn Taylor divides his time between New York and his native Trinidad. He received his BA from Howard University and his MFA from Columbia University. THE GOAT is his second book of poems from Junction Press. AN ISLAND OF HIS OWN (from Junction) is available from SPD.


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by Mervyn Taylor
Junction Press (Jan 01, 1992)
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Mervyn Taylor "is strenuously after what all honestly skilled craftsmen seek: tone, accent without affectation.The sense of search, of the avoidance of flash, mutes his meters to an admirable degree, and tone, which he found remarkably early, keeps him separate and unique. These are many words for what is perhaps the most difficult aspect of good verse: honesty. Mervyn Taylor is an honest poet, and that is high and sufficient praise indeed."-Derek Walcott