Chuck Taylor went to work early, and although it may have inhibited his social skills, the work kept him out of all sorts of trouble, especially as a teenager, innocent and stupid around the ladies. He began mowing lawns and operating a paper route, and then moved on to janitor work and house painting, and later worked as a minor electrician, morgue attendant, lab researcher, cafeteria lineman, dishwasher, daycare worker, part-time records and reference librarian, special collections clerk, bookstore clerk, printer’s assistant, furniture mover, children’s magician, typist, and soft water salesman. Taylor also worked poets-in-the-schools in Galveston, Beaumont, and Victoria, and as a CETA poet-in-residence for Salt Lake City. As a teacher he has taught at the Universities of Texas at Austin, El Paso, and Tyler, as well as at Austin Community College, Angelo State, and for twenty-five years, Texas A&M in College Station and in Koriyama, Japan. He has been married three times and has three ex-step children, three blood children, and seven grandchildren. Taylor has published two novels, two story collections, two memoirs, and numerous volumes of lined verse and prose poetry. His most recent books are Poet and Vampire and Magical, Fantastical, Alphabetical, Soup. It is not surprising that his first novel, briefly considered for a movie, is called Drifter’s Story. He feels his path has been one of stable instability, but he has gotten to know a few places well.
Taste I Say, You're Timeless
by Chuck Taylor
Like Jack Kerouac, Taylor moves beyond the grand secular tradition of modern writing into the unknowable landscapes of the spiritual. This book is just what the name implies, a tour through the multiplicities of the human heart, a deconstructive exploration of the interpretive mind, a clever philosophical clutch at the divine sweetness of the human soul waiting beneath the exterior. -C. Williams
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