Old Dominion University
October 8-10, 1991
A Virginia-born poet, Henry Taylor won the Pulitzer Prize in 1986 for his collection of poetry The Flying Change. Taylor, who is noted for the formal elegance of his poetry, is a writer who speaks with great clarity and honesty about the unavoidable changes people must go through in life. As Richard Dillard has said of his poetry, "Henry Taylor's work has all the ring and authority of an American Hardy. He is intensely aware of the darkness that moves around us and in us."
A graduate of the University of Virginia and Hollins College, Taylor grew up in rural Virginia and his poetry reflects his upbringing in its themes and subject matter. He is well versed in country things. As one critic has pointed out, "Henry Taylor has for all his poetic career been drawn inexorably to questions of time and mutability, of inevitable and painful change in even the most fixed and stable circumstances."
Among his other books of poetry are The Horse Show at Midnight, An Afternoon of Pocket Billiards, and One for the Rose and Selected Poems. He has earned a well-deserved reputation as a teacher of writing not only in colleges but also in the Poetry in the Schools Program. Henry Taylor will be giving a dual reading with Philip Levine on Thursday, October 10, at 8 p.m. in Mills Godwin Auditorium. [extracted from 1991 brochure]