Ashley Taylor

Untitled Essay on Articulating the Distance

What do we talk about when we talk about ourselves? Waking up from a dream
still dreaming, I shake glitter from my hair and question its simulacrum of glitz.

I watch an ant carrying another ant on his back, he looks up at me and I ask him
what he knows about ontology or justice and he devours the dead in front of me.

Ashley Taylor [she/her] is a non-binary poet and MFA candidate at Spalding University’s School of Professional and Creative Writing. She curates, promotes, and designs inclusive programming of creative writing and performing arts workshops. She earned an MA in English from the University of Louisville, where she served as graduate editor of Miracle Monocle, writing instructor of college composition and intro to creative writing, and facilitator of UofL’s LGBTQ Creative Writing Group. She is the founder of the Louisville reading series River City Revue, the author of The Metamorphosis of Narcissus (Damaged Goods Press, 2019), and a teacher at the Jewish Community Center in Louisville KY.

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