Ann Taylor The River Within

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The poems of an: observer, thinker, and lover of the things of this world, current and past, recording her surprise at the natural world and her own surprising responses to nature's enduring harmonies. A substantial, mature and accessible collection that won in 2011 the inaugural Cathlamet Prize for Poetry from Ravenna Press

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Ann Taylor, Professor of English at Salem State University in Salem, Massachusetts, is a graduate of Northeastern University (B. S. in English Ed., and M.A. in English) and Boston University (Ph.D. in English), Professor Taylor has been a member of the English Department at SSU for many years, teaching a wide variety of courses in literature and writing. She is the author of two books on college composition and a collection of personal essays, Watching Birds: Reflections on the Wing from Ragged Mountain/McGraw Hill. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in such journals as Appalachia, Arion, Aurorean, Avocet, Blue Unicorn, Copperfield Review, Ellipsis, The Dalhousie Review, Del Sol Review, Snowy Egret, Utah English Journal, and Classical and Modern Literature. Her poem, "To Carry on with the Dying," from her prize winning collection, has been selected for the tenth anniversary collection of the Copperfield Review where it was first published.

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Enriched with felt experience, classical knowledge and fidelity to a shared literary heritage, the poems in The River Within are page after page of pure pleasure. Ann Taylor's deft use of form, controlled lines, and awareness of craft combine with an astonishing precision of description to deliver that rare and refreshing thing: intelligent poetry. Taylor animates mythology, relives travels, and inhabits antiquities in surprising ways, revealing iconic lives, alive again. These are the poems of an accomplished poet: observer, thinker, and lover of the things of this world, current and past. --Joan Houlihan

Ann Taylor's poems record her surprise at the natural world and her own surprising responses to nature's enduring harmonies. She reflects with a graceful exactitude the shadows of her presence in the provinces of bloom, growth, and release. The repetitions of her forms echo the natural world's recurrences; her images capture what can be seen as well as her faith in what can't. Her lines wear the fortitude and valor of the evergreen. --Parkman Howe, Poetry Editor, Appalachia

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