The birds (of paradise) are chittering
which seems insufficient
for a poem, because it does not match
the intensity—or is it pain?—
Sam Taylor is a U.S. 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, forthcoming). His work most frequently explores themes of mysticism, sexuality, ecology, politics, 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. Visit www.samtaylor.us.