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The Hunger Season First Edition
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Writing the infinite in plainspoken English, William Taylor Jr.'s The Hunger Season is a vastly enjoyable volume of poems that gives the reader not only a glimpse of life in San Francisco but into themselves as well. William Taylor Jr. wonderfully weaves everyday happenings with fluid sounds and clear visions along with that little something extra that can be read and savored time and again. --Raymond Hammond, New York Quarterly
A would-be suicide pulled in from a ledge, a woman screaming in a subway; we stay with Taylor as he looks for meaning as we all look for it--in the face of random, often incomprehensible events. We stay with him through these hypnotic poems, understanding, finally, that it is he who stays with us. --Grace Zabriskie, poet, actor, and visual artist
These are poems that feel just like San Francisco. ... These poems hang in the air like dust in the sun. Beauty and waste. --Mark Eitzel, American Music Club
About the Author
William Taylor Jr. lives in San Francisco with his wife and a cat named Trouble. His work has been widely published in the small press in such publications as Poesy, Anthills, and The New York Quarterly, and has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His previous books include So Much Is Burning (sunnyoutside, 2006) and Words for Songs Never Written: New and Collected Poems (Centennial Press, 2007).
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The poems here eschew belief, religion, euphoria, alcohol--although the poetic voice is often having a drink--even love (ephemeral at best) as solutions to existential angst and the awareness of sorrow and suffering. Often, in the end of a piece, the poet describes himself writing this very text or another poem. The poetic log, the song, the beauty of perception and singing, an aesthetic spirituality carries him through--to the next moment, day, poem--and there are many of them in this book. It is a metaphysical edifice made of many utterances of joy, despair, and the triumph of the words over all such human feelings and situations by simply speaking them. Honestly. It's a worthwhile pursuit. Even if you don't find that one poem here that sums it all up. There is no such poem only poetry, I guess.