Poetry. African American Studies. The latest 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.
Mervyn Taylor, a Trinidad-born poet and longtime Brooklyn resident, has taught at Bronx Community College, The New School, and in the New York City public school system. He is the author of seven previous books of poetry, including The Waving Gallery (2014), THE GOAT (JUnction Press, 1999), GONE AWAY (Junction Press, 2006), Country of Warm Snow(2020), and most recently NEW OF THE LIVING: CORONA POEMS (Broadstone Books, 2020). About his work, Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott said, "Taylor's is a quiet voice. His poems possess an admirable degree of subtlety, and a tone that keeps him separate and unique." Currently, he serves on the advisory board of Slapering Hol Press.Author City: BROOKLYN USA