I am very proud to announce the arrival of my book LEAVES.
This book is an eclectic collection of memories and observations. Many of these poems may leave the reader pondering their own existential questions. That is my hope…that readers enjoy my words on their own merit but also apply any messages to their lives through their own individual filters. The poems in LEAVES trace a path through places I have visited or lived and the people who were and are important to me. This collection addresses the spirit, home, love, loss and friendships in ways that I hope will appeal to your senses.

LEAVES is a beautiful collaboration of my poetry and the art of Alexandra Eldridge. Alexandra’s mastery of symbolism and imagery meet my poetry in a way that
magnifies both avenues of communication.

Copies of LEAVES are now in my hands and available for purchase through my website store or through Amazon. LEAVES, along with my first book, SPARE are also available at Santa Fe, NM booksellers: Garcia Street Books and Collected Works. To explore more of Alexandra’s art please visit her website. Thank you for your interest in this project.

Reese Taylor

 

 

IN THE SPRING OF 2012 I had the good fortune of co-leading with Noirin Ni Riaian, a women’s experiential depth psychology retreat entitled, “To the Waters and the Wild: A Journey of Adventure and Renewal.“ As part of the annual Jung in Ireland Tour that Aryeh Maidenbaum and Diana Rubin create each year through their innovative organization, The New York Center for Jungian Studies, we entered into a week of experiential alchemical work of courting the subtle body with the spirits of the place and the Celtic imagination to enchant us. While staying a week on retreat at the Rathmullen House on the Innishowen peninsula, an Atlantic inlet of Lough Swilly, we enjoyed the pristine beaches steps from the hotel, along with sacred sites including the Beltany Stone Circle, one of Ireland’s most stellar ancient standing stone circles.

Specifically, while looking into the ancient song of Amergin, the Celtic world’s first bard poet’s utterance of great shamanic power, celebrating the great “ I am” in the world soul itself, we then took up our pens and found the voices within speaking to us the mysteries in response to that first line
“I Am. . . ” however it might whisper to us. This was followed by adding the echo, “If you are _____, I am ______” and the poetry that poured forth was at times a healing balm and at times tremendously energizing as veiled parts of the psyche spoke forth. We also tracked the unfolding imagination within that responded to the first line, “If I could wake the dead. . . .” The poetic offerings surprised us and stretched us and created a shared field of complexity with fresh perceptions appearing like new eyes of light born up out of the darkness of the psyche. Our hope is that the spirits that gathered with us,
and inspired us here, also spark your imaginative fire, as you dear reader,
find your way into these pages.
–excerpt from Introduction by Monika Wikman

SPARE—A Poetic Memoir, published in 2011 was my first book of poetry and the first book to be produced through be bold books. SPARE won first place in the 2012 Southwest Book Design and Production, Poetry division. SPARE was also a finalist for Poetry
in the 2012 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards.

A few copies of SPARE are still available through
my website store or through Amazon.