Convincing the Body

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Convincing the Body

Cheryl Boyce Taylor
ISBN 10: 0975298712 / 0-9752987-1-2
ISBN 13: 9780975298718
Publisher: Vintage Entity Press
Publication Date: 2005
Binding: Softcover

“Convincing the Body is poet Cheryl Boyce Taylor’s third book – and it is an experience you do not want to miss. Lush, expressive and always abundantly edifying, Boyce Taylor’s poems are not merely written, but lived. Divided into six chapters, this work unflinchingly addresses love, war, sex and devotion. As always, Boyce Taylor’s dense poems invite multiple readings and leave readers full and satisfied. Convincing the Body does more than delve into the poet’s preoccupations – it’s a document of healing. It will convince your body, and your heart.” From Amazon

Editorial Review

“This is not where poetry is headed – this is where poetry IS.” –Patricia Smith, author of Close to Death

“[She] don’t tek no mess. In Convincing the Body she makes us a generous offering. And we accept.” –Cheryl Clarke, author of After Mecca: Women Poets and the Black Arts Movement and Living as a Lesbian

“Reader, beware – do no enter these poems unless you are ready…Poet and Reader as Lovers.” –Bob Holman

About the Author

Trinidad-born and Queens-bred, Cheryl Boyce Taylor is a poet, visual and teaching artist. She is the author of two collections of poetry, Raw Air and Night When Moon Follows. A recipient of the Partners in Writing Grant, Boyce Taylor served as Poet-in-Residence during the 2003 season at the Caribbean Literary and Cultural Center in Brooklyn. Her poems have been anthologized in various publications including Def Poetry Jam’s Bum Rush The Page, Poetry Nation, Rogue’s Scholar, In Defense of Mumia, Bloom, Catch the Fire, Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Café, and most recently in The Paterson Literary Review, and Bullets and Butterflies: Queer Spoken Word Poetry. Boyce Taylor holds Masters degrees in Education, and Social Work, and is in private practice as a writing release and personal self-care therapist. One review from Lips Magazine praises Boyce-Taylor’s work, stating she is “an acrobat of poetry-leaping in dazzling, daring moves from poignant family poems! to highly charged sensual poems.”