Captive Voices: New and Selected Poems, 1960-2008 (Southern Messenger Poets)

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Over nearly fifty years, Eleanor Ross Taylor has established herself as one of the vital foremost southern poets of her generation. Captive Voices gathers selections from Taylor’s five previous books at the side of a generous helping of recent poems. Scintillating, extraordinary, passionate, and profound, the poems range from up to date pieces about a bag lady on a bus, to historical pieces about settlers held hostage and a wartime nurse taking care of British wounded, to intensely personal poems about her dislike for her grandmother and worries about her son. The title poem — an actual tour de force — explores the notion of captivity on a couple of levels as it speaks to the suffering we all endure, a few of which is of our own making. Decidedly regional yet determinedly universal, the poems on this remarkable volume, at the side of a foreword by Ellen Bryant Voigt, attest to the singular talent of a woman justly described as “a poet of genius.”


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