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There are those inhabitants of islands who say they "'fraid sea", meaning they have an abiding respect for the restless ocean and for whatever lies unseen past the horizon. Sea have 'no back door' is the phrase they use to indicate the idea of no return, of being swallowed up in the vastness of a world outside the shore that is a natural boundary. These poems chart the journeys metaphorical and literal of those who stay, and those who go, and the dilemma of the immigrant soul trying to live in two places at once.
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Mervyn Taylor is a Trinidad-born poet who divides his time between Brooklyn, New York and his island home. He has taught at Bronx Community College, The New School, and in the New York City public school system. He has read his poems to diverse audiences, and his work has appeared in such journals as Poetry International, American Letters & Commentary, The Same, St. Ann's Review, Sulfur, Rattapallax, and in the recent anthologies Chance of A Ghost and The American Voice in Poetry. He is the author of three previous volumes of poetry, An Island of His Own, The Goat, and Gone Away, all from Junction Press, New York. He can be heard reading his poetry on the CD, Road Clear, accompanied by bassist David Williams. About Taylor's poems Derek Walcott has observed, "The sense of search, of the avoidance of flash, mutes his meters to an admirable degree, and the tone, which he found remarkably early, keeps him separate and unique."

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