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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Home Again, Home Again

The children are back, the children are back—
They've come to take refuge, exhale and unpack;
The marriage has faltered, the job has gone bad,
Come open the door for them, Mother and Dad.

The city apartment is leaky and cold,
The landlord lascivious, greedy and old—
The mattress is lumpy, the oven's encrusted,
The freezer, the fan, and the toilet have rusted.

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