Item description for Selected Dreams from the Animal Kingdom: Poems by Judith Taylor...
In her second book of poetry, Judith Taylor's innovative, eclectic work celebrates the unconscious and the irrational as it transforms what is ordinary in our lives. Her meditations - worldly, humorous, wise - range over history, literature, dreams, and Eros. The book captivates us with its diverse forms ranging from narrative-fantasias to the surprising and strange Mood Sonnets.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.02" Width: 5.82" Height: 0.28" Weight: 0.27 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2003
Publisher Zoo Press
ISBN 1932023054 ISBN13 9781932023053
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More About Judith Taylor
Judith Taylor is the author of SEX LIBRIS (What Books Press, 2013), Selected Dreams from the Animal Kingdom (Zoo Press, 2003), and Curios (Sarabande Books, 2000), as well as the co-editor of Air Fare: Stories, Poems and Essays on Flying (Sarabande Books, 2004). Her poetry is included in numerous anthologies and journals. She has received a Pushcart Prize. Formerly on the faculty of UCLA Extension Writers' Program she now teaches private classes. Taylor is one of the founding editors of Pool: A Journal of Poetry, which she has managed and co-edited since its beginning in 2002.
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Brilliantly Eclectic, Sublimely Astute Dec 24, 2003
Judith Taylor is a fabulist of those fictions we weave as breathing rooms for our need. Whatever bloody business reality proffers, Judith Taylor negotiates her terrain with the deft aplomb of an Ambassador Albright, her poetic renderings diplomatically selective. "We are all like Scheherazade's husband," one might hear Taylor echoing E.M. Forster, knowing all too well that Scheherazade's husband was a bum. You'll not find Taylor teetering at the top of life's staircase like some melodramatic Crawford, "noiring into memoir." This tale-teller knows that transformation has its power, desirous as we are to be abducted and lifted out of the mundane. Waylaid into this castle of wonders, you're apt to encounter an eclectic gathering of ghosts: nuns, ballerinas, Danny Kaye, Mexican mummies, Arthur Dimmesdale, Japanese courtesans, even an Orpheus irreverently as "Orph." Taylor's offhand delivery belies her technical mastery, able as she is to combine dizzying shifts of diction with riffs of sheer gorgeousness. These poems ride on their own melting, as Frost said poetry must. Fond as I am of Curios, Taylor's stunning debut volume, I find myself even more taken with the sophistication and the sinuous unfolding of the new longer poems contained here in Selected Dreams from the Animal Kingdom, "Tale," "Practicing," "How Am I Driving?" among my favorites. Like an ex-Le Mans driver making her way through the intricate weave of Parisian streets, Taylor takes you, dear reader, circuitously but swiftly by the most interesting route, and deposits you, before you quite know that you've arrived, at your destination, a little wiser for the ride. Can one really call it "your" destination? One can hardly say, for the ingenious Taylor is always-breathtakingly, enchantingly-one step ahead.
A terrific read Jul 25, 2003
Judith Taylor's work never fails to provoke a doubletake. Her unique voice wends through these poems with a quiet authority, juxtaposed against a pervasive sense of doubt and wonder at her surroundings and circumstances. While so much of modern poetry searches for a fresh image, Taylor seems to have found and employed most of them here. The work is both fun and illuminating. The book's "Mood Sonnets" provide sentence after sentence of the "concrete surreal," each line related to the next by music and the deep suspicion that we are all, somehow, connected. Taylor's ability to confront the self, with all its flaws and charms, lets her get away with anything and everything.
subtle and spectacular Jun 27, 2003
Judith Taylor's poems creep up on you. You read them as you might listen to a dream retold, hearing at first only the conversational tone, the charm, gradually seized by the imagery. Imagine that--gradually seized, an event that could only take place in a dream, or in a book. Her poems are full of knowledge worn easily, experience held lightly; they give you more than you expected, and never give away too much. Her love poems, written in response to Japanese medieval and 17th century literature, are especially beautiful, and to this reader, especially pertinent. Her mood sonnets (14 line poems, each line a complete sentence) are reminiscent of her first book, Curios, but are more playful, relaxed and diverse in tone.