Marilyn Taylor

(1939 / United States)

Biography of Marilyn Taylor

Marilyn Lighter Taylor (born October 2, 1939) is an American poet with eight published collections of poems. Taylor’s poems have been published in numbers of anthologies and journals, that have included The American Scholar, Smartish Pace, The Formalist, Poetry, and the Poetry’s 90th Anniversary Anthology. Subject to Change (David Robert, 2004), her second full-length collection, was nominated for the Poets' Prize in 2005. From year 2004 to 2005, she served as the city of Milwaukee's Poet Laureate. She was appointed Poet Laureate of the state of Wisconsin for 2009 and 2010 by Governor Jim Doyle. She was the former Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, where she first taught for the Department of English and later for the Honors College. Currently, she is a contributing editor for The Writer Magazine.

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At the End

In another time, a linen winding sheet
would already have been drawn
about her, the funeral drums by now

would have throbbed their dull tattoo
into the shadows writhing
behind the fire's eye

while a likeness

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