Carey Taylor’s The Lure of Impermanence

Melissa Reeser Poulin

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I always admire poets who paint a vivid, compelling picture of a setting or situation that seems, on its surface, to be “about” one thing– but through the smallest inflections and details, suggests something deeper.  Carey Taylor is one of these poets, and her new collection The Lure of Impermanenceis full of poems like this.

In “Pomology,” we have only one line to anchor us in the unmentioned story– “morphine drips”– while the rest of the poem gives us a tender portrait of the speaker’s father’s passionate knowledge of a certain kind of apple. He is telling the nurse, in detail, about the apples’ “low disease susceptibility,/ how they are foolproof really,/ reliable, well balanced,/ and sweet,” while his wife lies in a hospital bed. He has just asked the nurse “how long before his wife can go home,” and the unanswered question hangs in the space between the…

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One thought on “Carey Taylor’s The Lure of Impermanence

  1. Carey,
    I’m just heading to bed and saw your post of your new fabulous publication. Bless your heart!! You did it girlfriend 😘Lets talk soon.
    Love
    Jane

    Sent from my iPhone

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