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UPLIFT

78pp. +  Soft Cover.  Perfect Bound. 6" x 9". 
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Taylor Graham, author of over a dozen poetry collections offers her latest with UPLIFT.  Set in the majestic Sierra Nevada mountains, her poetry soars from the page and into the readers heart, lifting their soul with beautiful tenderness and caring.  You will get a solid sense of the world Taylor lives in and works, tracking trails with her dogs in search of....life.
 

These poems overflow with the joy of wild earth and its creatures. “We’re on the trail this summer workday. Call it holiday, a holy day.” With acute observation and engagement, Graham turns the ordinary into the sublime whether it be looking at the world from a canine perspective, or beholding a meadow delicate with flowers.
~ Lara Gularte
 

In Uplift, Taylor Graham, continues to draw upon her many years as a search and rescue  worker, retracing the untraceables, saving (celebrating) whatever can be saved. "My dog leaps boulder to boulder...I can only trust, and try to follow." As always, Graham's journey is undertaken with what I have described before as a "dire attentiveness." Plumbing the mysteries with humility and awe, her poems remind us that "this earthly heaven is/ the pot of gold."
~ Susan Kelly-DeWitt
 

Uplift, Taylor Graham's latest collection of poems, uproots the reader, sending us off feral and hungry into the bright and dark landscape of Sierra granite, white pine, coyote, fox, and scree. Her dog poems, especially those about search-and-rescue—the sometimes found, the forever lost—split a heart wide open. We are dazzled and glad for the sundering.
~ Moira Magneson

 


Taylor Graham has been a volunteer search-and-rescue dog handler for more than forty years. She and her husband, Hatch, responded with their trained German Shepherds to hundreds of missions in Alaska, Virginia, California and beyond. They are veterans of the 1985 Mexico City earthquake, the Loma Prieta earthquake and the Berkeley-Oakland Hills firestorm. While they no longer go on searches, they still train their own dogs and help others in their local training group.

Taylor spent two summers as a Forest Service volunteer ranger in the Mokelumne Wilderness, with her dog, and she’s assisted Hatch - a retired forester-wildlife biologist - in some of his projects, notably the California Bluebird Recovery Program, establishing and monitoring nestbox-trails for cavity nesting birds.

Taylor earned an M.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Southern California and spent a year in Germany on a Fulbright. Her poems have appeared in The Iowa Review, The New York Quarterly, Poetry International, Poetry Now, Rattlesnake Review, Sacramento Voices, Southern Humanities Review, Tule Review and elsewhere. She is included in the anthologies California Poetry: From the Gold Rush to the Present (Santa Clara University) and Villanelles (Everyman’s Library). Her book, The Downstairs Dance Floor was awarded the Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize.