Richard Tayson's essay "the volcano sequence as Fragmentary, Postmodern (and Yes, Feminist) Text" will appear in Everywoman Her Own Theology: On the Poetry of Alicia Ostriker. The book, edited by Martha Nell Smith and Julia R. Enszer, will include contributions by Toi Derricotte, Marilyn Hacker, Tony Hoagland, Joan Larkin, and others. Part of the Under Discussion series, the book will appear in 2018.
Tayson has finished a manuscript of poems, THE LAMENTATIONS COLLECTOR. Written in a 100-day period, the 38 poems have 9 different speakers. Beneath the millennial sun , Pandora puts down her buden and finds shade in which to languish. As she does so, the eye of a drunk glances her way, spies a record box reminiscent of the one he owned as a boy. He saunters over in the heatand takes the box from the trash heap beside her. Inside are the records of his childhood, and when he opens the box, out fly a multitude of voices. Carole King and James Taylor argue about something they’ve seen happen in a boy’s room from their respective album covers. Diana Ross's prison shoes (Lady Sings the Blues) and Carly Simon's blue blouse (cover of No Secrets) speak about the body. The owner of the records—deceased from toxic shock—speaks from the other side, and a relic of time past, the hi-fi record player, has the book's last word. Written in an experimental styles that allows for the inclusion of many voices and visual forms, the poems revel in language, sound, and the ambiguities of the post-millennial world.
Richard Tayson is completing Alternate Means of Transport: Chance Encounters with Eight Famous Women (Carly Simon, Roberta Flack, Joni Mitchell, Suzanne Vega, Liza Minnelli, Susan Sarandon, Rickie Lee Jones, and Patti Smith).