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The Ancient Murrelet

Photo of Cover of Special Edition of The Ancient Murrelet Keith Taylor November 2021
32 pages, paperback
ISBN 978-1-935770-03-9

Special Edition

This limited edition is only available for purchase directly from Alice Greene & Co. The cost is $30, including first class domestic postage, and we can arrange payment by credit card via PayPal if you email us.

Our very special limited edition of The Ancient Murrelet has been a dream of many years, and now it’s here! These lovely and ever-timely poems, first published in Keith’s chapbook of the same title, are now available in a handmade, signed and numbered edition of 80. This beautiful volume is the creation of book artist Jean Buescher Bartlett, who has hand sewn the text into a cover of St. Armand handmade paper and an endpaper in shades of gray. The front cover is embellished with a bird cut from cotton and flax handmade paper and the title page and acknowledgments have hand-colored images.

In this collection Keith Taylor explores the meaning of home and the challenges of being separated from it. Nostalgia is not sentimentality, but “the sickness that comes from longing for home.” He draws on his travels in younger days through Europe and Asia, the people he would meet, and connects them to where he lives now, to Michigan, its wildlife and the cycles of nature. The ancient murrelet is a bird not commonly found in these parts, but can sometimes get blown far from its home.

Keith’s poetry is interspersed with line drawings by Melanie Boyle.

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