Samuel Taylor

Samuel Taylor is the author of two books of poems, Body of the World (Ausable/Copper Canyon) and Nude Descending an Empire (Pitt Poetry Series), and the recipient of the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship. Recent work has appeared in The Kenyon Review, AGNI, and The New Republic, and he is currently the Director of the MFA Program at Wichita State University.


from The Book of Fools by Sam Taylor

A Process Note   This is the first of three sections of a book-length experimental poem. The Book of Fools: An Essay in Memoir and Verse develops new structures to marry global, ecological themes of loss—focused around the conditions of our oceans—to personal, confessional ones. The book is simultaneously a craft essay […]


[Wish] by Sam Taylor

    (excerpt from THE BOOK OF FOOLS: AN ESSAY IN MEMOIR AND VERSE)       The man in the next room wouldn’t stop coughing. All night, terrible hacking bursts. “God,” I said, “I wish he’d stop.” My mother and I lay awake in the motel room in San […]


[Friend] by Sam Taylor

    (excerpt from THE BOOK OF FOOLS: AN ESSAY IN MEMOIR AND VERSE)      Why hasn’t my father come here for her? When one faces the family, one falls down in a cordage of myth. Odysseus at sea: strong hero, epic tale, Telemachus unable to send away the […]


[First Taxi] by Sam Taylor

    (excerpt from THE BOOK OF FOOLS: AN ESSAY IN MEMOIR AND VERSE)       I stepped off the Greyhound into a light rain, streetlights slurred, just shy of the border, a line of taxis at the curb, waiting, right where my mother said they would be. 2 […]