Winner of the 2010 Alfred G. Bailey Prize

My first collection, The Other Side of Ourselves, features fifty poems written between 2003 and 2010. It was published by Cormorant Books in April 2011. It went into a second printing in April 2012, and a third in January 2018.

The Other Side of Ourselves was the Spring 2012 selection for the Vancouver Book Club, and a poem from the book (“Summer”) was selected for inclusion in BC’s Poetry in Transit program. Poems from the book have also been collected in multiple anthologies (see the “About Me” page for more details).


Sample Poems

You Can’t Lead a Horse
Early Rain
The Party
Haiku 1-4
The Great Ceiling
Computer Monitor Ekphrasis
The Slave Castle of Elmina




“Rob Taylor’s debut collection, The Other Side of Ourselves… shows considerable talent and imagination… The best of Taylor’s poems are memorably fresh and startling in their simplicity and originality of perspective and approach. ”

– Gillian Harding-Russell, Prairie Fire

“Taylor won the 2010 Alfred G. Bailey Prize for an unpublished poetry manuscript. This resulting book is rich with promise… anyone who can write a good poem — as Taylor does — about writing bad poetry, is a poet of talent.”

– George Elliot Clarke, The Halifax Chronicle Herald

“Taylor’s scope, his canvas, is an inclusive panorama. He’s a full palate painter… Taylor has a wicked sense of humour and an almost perfect grasp of gravitas. He’s plenty serious when he needs to be… Rob Taylor confidently tackles the big issues — God, love and morality. But he isn’t preachy, he leaves us to draw our own conclusions.”

– Michael Dennis, Today’s Book of Poetry

“Computer Monitor Ekphrasis” and “December Sonnet” are worth the price of admission alone… it’s obvious, at 27 and on a roll, that Taylor’s got lots and lots of good poems left in him.”

– Michael Lista, The National Post



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