THE BOOK OF FOOLS:
an essay in memoir and verse
Negative Capability Press, October 2021
National Poetry Series Finalist
"a masterwork..." —David Keplinger
"[a] ravishing text..." —Donald Revell
"brilliantly creates 'a composite canvas' to capture what it means to make art in our precarious times..." —Craig Santos Perez
At once poem, essay, memoir fragment, and art object, The Book of Fools is a sweeping elegy for our earth—and our plastic-choked ocean—and it is visually, conceptually, and thematically unlike perhaps any book before it. The Book of Fools invents new formal structures to marry global, ecological themes of loss—focused around the Great Pacific Garbage Patch—to personal, confessional ones, centered around a mother's early death to cancer. By utilizing innovative lyric techniques within the larger arc of an accessible narrative, the book endeavors to create a contemporary (anti-)epic for a crisis almost beyond the scale of imagination.
Body of the World
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