Fading Into Bolivia by Richard Taylor
- Paperback:30 pages
- Publisher:Accents Publishing (July 15, 2011)
Richard Taylor is a professor of English and currently serves as Kenan Visiting Writer at Transylvania University. A former Kentucky poet laureate, he is the author of six collections of poetry, two novels, and several books of non-fiction, mostly relating to Kentucky history. A former dean and teacher in the Governor’s Scholars Program, he was selected as Distinguished Professor at Kentucky State University in 1992. He has won two creative writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and an Al Smith Creative Writing Award from the Kentucky Arts Council. He and his wife Lizz own Poor Richard’s Books in Frankfort, Kentucky.
Dr. Richard Taylor has been a writing force in Kentucky for many years and his latest collection of poetry will also stand the strength of time. With minimal, but powerful words, Taylor weaves a poetic journey through a variety of lyrical and narrative poetry.
Writing Slump contains the title of this newest book of poetry:
“… In an act of unwitting collaboration
That describes her state and mine,
My mother calls to say, “Some days
I feel I’m fading into Bolivia.”
If you do not know Dr. Richard Taylor, you will learn very quickly he is a college professor from his poem “Grading:”
“Reading term papers …
I trudge an endless trail of print,
Switchbacking down and across”
Page after page after page.”
In “For a Newfoundland Drowned in a Farm Pond,” Taylor mourns the loss of a family pet:
“… Missed at feeding time …
Three days later, I came upon her
Bloated in a siege of flies …
The pond dried up … the place
Where I buried Boo Boo.”
Richard is a professor English and currently serves as Kenan Visiting Writer at Transylvania University. A former Kentucky Poet Laureate, he is the author of six collections of poetry, two novels, and several books of non-fiction, mostly relating to Kentucky history.