Sam Taylor is a US poet and word-based artist, whose practice ranges from traditional and experimental poem-making to work that marries poetic craft with contemporary art. He is the author of two books of poems, Body of the World (Ausable/Copper Canyon Press) and Nude Descending an Empire (Pitt Poetry Series), and the recipient of the 2014-2015 Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship. His work most frequently explores themes of mysticism, social justice, ecology, sexuality, suffering, and the mystery of the world. He is also an Assistant Professor in the MFA program at Wichita State University, where he teaches workshops and courses in poetic craft, modern and contemporary poetics, and ecology.
Second Acts: A Second Look at Second Books of Poetry by James Tate and Sam Taylor
Lisa Russ Spaar looks to poets Sam Taylor and James Tate to explay why the two fundamental modes of lyric poetry are crying and laughing....