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 was born in Trinidad. He is the author of three books of poetry: AN ISLAND OF HIS OWN (1992), THE GOAT (1999), and GONE AWAY (2006), and a CD, Road Clear (2004), done in collaboration with bassist David Williams. About the poems in his latest collection Debbie Jacob wrote in her column in the Trinidad Guardian, "Lost in the cold and unable to return home to the tropics, the West Indians of Taylor's poems reach as far as they can: Florida." Mervyn Taylor lives in Brooklyn, New York. Author City: BROOKLYN USA