Louise Taylor says multitudes of people have a hard time with poetry because in grade school they were forced to read 17th and 18th Century poetry with its dense and often inaccessible language. Since grade school, the only poetry they hear is read at funerals. In bookstores, poetry is placed in the least viewed aisles or on lower shelves. That didn’t stop her from self-publishing a fine book of poetry.
Fortunately, there are writers who ventured past their early introduction to poetry, who seek and find poetry that is both accessible and meaningful. They are the ones looking for words to validate an experience or provide questions that may enhance a perception; stories that render new possibilities, lessen sadness, mark an intention, restore a memory or provide a place for the heart to rest. It is different for everyone.
In Stones on All Four Corners, readers will hear the voices of Shackleton caught in Antarctic ice, and a clipper ship captain writing to his wife from Hong Kong Harbor in 1859. They will visit an antique shop on Cape Cod, and the Woods Hole Ferry, a 100-acre farm in New Hampshire, restrooms at Symphony Hall and on I-95, and palpable poverty at Owls Head, Maine. Themes range from blueberry picking to bears, a record snowfall, a mother slipping into dementia, lost love, girls who “pissed in the street,” cookbooks, vanity, and all the lines in between and more.
Taylor is the co-author of the perennially-selling Dogs and Their Women as well as Cats and Their Women, Horses and Their Women and Women’s Best Friend: A Celebration of Dogs and Their Women. She self-published Stones on All Four Corners “because,” she said, “I turned sixty this year, and getting poetry published is about the hardest thing to accomplish—I didn’t want to wait around.” This is her first book of poems. She lives in Tamworth, New Hampshire.