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By Eleanor Ross Taylor 1920–2011
When I was two feet tall
and held the hand above,
how could I know
how far that limping bond would go,
that finger-inch of love.

Source: Poetry (October 2010).

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This poem originally appeared in the October 2010 issue of Poetry magazine

October 2010
 Eleanor Ross Taylor

Biography

Eleanor Ross Taylor was born in 1920 in Norwood, North Carolina, and graduated from Women’s College, now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, in 1942.  While studying at Vanderbilt University, Caroline and Allen Tate introduced her to novelist Peter Taylor, whom she would marry in 1943. Her poetry has been described as elegiac, lyric and feminine; writer Erica Howsare explains, “The southernness of her background . . .

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Poem Categorization

SUBJECT Living, Youth, Time & Brevity, Relationships, Family & Ancestors

POET’S REGION U.S., Southern

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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