Poetry. SORTINGS is a collection of poems focusing on the process of making distinctions, reflecting on life's experiences, trying to discover and express what really mattered and continues to matter. The book explores a variety of subjects—childhood and growing up, the natural world, travel, artworks, and teaching. A major focus of this collection is the sorting through recent experiences with the poet's mother as she traveled from the vital, funny, ironic, loving person she was, to becoming a 96-year-old elder struggling with the torments of dementia. The book has a kind of emotional coherence and a narrative arc, moving from memory to more recent subjects that inevitably link the now to the then.
Ann Taylor is a Professor of English at Salem State University in Salem, Mass. where she teaches both literature and writing courses. She has written two books on college composition, academic and free-lance essays, and a collection of personal essays, Watching Birds: Reflections on the Wing (Ragged Mountain/McGraw Hill). Her first poetry book, The River Within, won first prize in the 2011 Cathlamet Poetry competition at Ravenna Press. A chapbook, Bound Each to Each (Finishing Line Press) was published in 2013. Her most recent collection, published in 2018, Héloïse and Abélard: the Exquisite Truth (WordTech Communications), is based on the twelfth-century story of their lives.Author City: WOBURN, MA USA