“Books by Our Editors.” Hollins Critic 43, no. 5 (December, 2006): 21. Reviews Crooked Run and two books by Garrett. This concise evaluation of Taylor’s work notes how it recalls a vanishing culture in a rural locale intrinsic to the poet’s life and that his memories, local history knowledge, literary depictions of time, and appreciation of absurdity effectively shape his poetry.
Grossberg, Benjamin S. Review of Crooked Run. Antioch Review 64, no. 4 (Fall, 2006): 828. Succinct review examines literary techniques that Taylor uses to depict history in his poetry, analyzing how he effectively shows how the past is essential to modern perceptions and comprehension of place and people. Discusses the roles of memory, contemplation, self-preservation, and loss.
Hall, Sharon K., ed. Contemporary Literary Criticism: Yearbook 1986. Vol. 44. Detroit: Gale Research, 1987. Provides selections from the major critical responses to Taylor’s most widely reviewed book of poetry, The Flying Change. Contains the reactions of several critics, including Daniel L. Guillory, Joseph Parisi, and Reed Whittemore.
Parrish, Nancy C. Lee Smith, Annie Dillard, and the Hollins Group: A Genesis of Writers. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1998. Although this book focuses on female writers, it depicts the Hollins creative writing community, including faculty and visiting writers, at the time when Taylor was a graduate student. Provides quotations and information concerning Taylor’s time on campus and continued affiliation with his alma mater.
Pfefferle, W. T. Poets on Place: Tales and Interviews from the Road. Foreword by David St. John. Logan: Utah State University Press, 2005. Describes the author’s visit with Taylor, who was his M.F.A. adviser at American University, and his interview, in which they discuss the literary impact of setting and Taylor’s incorporation of storytelling elements in poetry. Taylor makes references to Crooked Run. Supplemented with Taylor’s poem “Harvest” and a photograph of him.
Sharp, Nicholas A. “Taylor’s ’One Morning, Shoeing Horses.’” Explicator 57, no. 1 (Fall, 1998): 62-65. A close examination of “One Morning, Shoeing Horses,” a sonnet from Understanding Fiction.
Turner, Daniel Cross. “Restoration, Metanostalgia, and Critical Memory: Forms of Nostalgia in Contemporary Southern Poetry.” Southern Literary Journal 40, no. 2 (Spring, 2008): 182-206. Studies Taylor’s poems, in addition to work by Donald Justice and George Scarbrough, regarding how their poetry conforms to or rejects the expected literary style associated with southern writers, specifically their implementation of sentimental elements.