Pitt Poetry Series, Fall 2014
Nude Descending an Empire develops the lyrical voice of a citizen-poet engaged with history, politics, and our contemporary moment, especially its ecological urgency.
“Sam Taylor is a poet to reckon with, a poet to live with, a poet to marvel at. This is a wonderful book.”
—Ilya Kaminsky, author of Deaf Republic
“Once in a while a book appears that seems forged from the truth. This is one. The poems take head-on the end of nature... More than a few poems made me wish I’d written them.”
—Chase Twichell, author of Ghost of Eden
“...a stunning book in all the varied shades of 'stun.' ... When it comes to reciting and composing the psalms of our age, Taylor is the one I want to lead us in prayer.”
—Khaled Mattawa, author of Fugitive Atlas
Ausable Press, 2005
Now available from Copper Canyon Press
2006 Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Finalist
Body of the World explores the perennial themes of mysticism—of the world as the self—in a variety of new contexts and confronts the violence and suffering that a unitary vision of the divine must subsume.
"one of the most astonishing first books I have encountered..."
—Sarah Maclay, Poetry International
“Sam Taylor’s first book of poetry is strange and delicious... By leading readers in with the meditative and pulling them out with the worldly, Taylor performs a rare feat: he explodes the moment of experience into a justified complexity, an earned density.”
—Lilah Hegnauer, Virginia Quarterly Review