“Her published works include Samphire, Herb of St. Peter, Yankee Island Ballads, Pet Penguin: Poems for Little Tots, and Clark’s in Plymouth Harbor. Samphire is a collection of personal, deeply religious poems asking man’s eternal question of who he is on this little island of the world. Yankee Island Ballads takes us not only to the Massachusetts but also the California coast. Pet Penguins demonstrates her love for children and for all that children love. Clark’s in Plymouth Harbor is the beginning of a long poetic history, the result of a half century of listening to and telling tales of the island which is so much a part of both her own traditions and her country’s.”
-Sigmund Eisner, Associate Professor of English, Dominican University of California.
Also as part of the archive collection is an illustrated film negative from Pet Penguin.
This is a silver-based emulsion on a plastic sheet that is shown from the emulsion side (or back side, the side that would face down for exposure). The exposed and developed high contrast film, commonly referred to as litho film or ortho litho film is held in contact with a sensitized printing plate for exposure. The resulting plate creates the print – in this case the pages of Pet Penguin. Those areas of the plate exposed to light (clear parts of the film) will develop to hold ink, and those not exposed (black part of the film) will not. The “marigold” sheet to which the negative is attached and the red “lithographer’s tape” are hallmarks of the process of preparing the negative for making the plate: the plate is not sensitive to orange or red light, so in this case, the page numbers will not print. You might also see some small, red-clay-colored brush strokes on the negative here and there; this would be materials referred to as opaquing fluid, opaquing compound, or simply “opaque”, which is used to cover pinholes or other small imperfections that need to be eliminated from the printed result.
Publishers of Taylor’s works are America, The Commonweal, Spirit, The Catholic World, The Sign, The Torch, Extension, Yankee, The Christian Science Monitor, The Universe (London), Westward and Kaleidograph, Anthologies, Sealed Unto the Day, Joyce Kilmer’s Anthology of Catholic Poets, Beginnings, The Golden Year (on the 50th anniversary of the Poetry Society of America, 1960), and R. G. Fontana and Sons of San Anselmo.