To Break the Heart of the Sun by William Taylor Jr.


5.5″ x 8.5″ | 132 pages | ISBN: 978-0692617380

To Break the Heart of the Sun
by William Taylor Jr.

In To Break the Heart of the Sun Taylor invites you over for a few drinks & then takes you out on the gritty streets of San Francisco. You dip into the bars & cafés in the Tenderloin & North Beach, you skirt the sidewalks down Haight, in Chinatown & the Mission, all the while bonding over the people you love, music, poetry, past loves, friendship, your childhoods & dreams. You question life, both the dark & light of it, looking for the truth of it. You laugh & weep with the people you meet along the way, every face some kind of prayer. Taylor teaches you how to dance with your joy while dressed in your sorrow. He has a way of showing you how keep your heart open & closed at the same time so you don’t lose your footing, but if you do, with kind eyes & laughter escaping both your lips, his hand reaches down to help you up. He says,

    I think in general it’s most honest
    to acknowledge
    that things are here for a time
    and then are gone

    and there’s not much else
    to say about it.

    It’s not a particularly
    romantic notion

    or good talk at parties,
    I know,

    yet there it is.

    But see, the potential for beauty lies
    not in this truth

    but in how we live with it.

– “How We Live”

William Taylor Jr. lives and writes in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco. His work has been published widely in journals across the globe, including The New York Quarterly, The Chiron Review, and Catamaran Literary Reader. He is the author of numerous books of poetry and An Age of Monsters, a collection of short fiction. He is a Pushcart Prize nominee and was a recipient of the 2013 Kathy Acker Award.


Poems from To Break the Heart of the Sun:

To My Astrologist Friend @ Words Dance
The North Beach Poets @ Up the Staircase Quarterly


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