Tayllor Johnson


Tayllor Johnson

Yo-Yo Ma’s Cello Mourns

Inspired by a piece performed by Yo-Yo Ma after the fires in Maui

He grabbed his cello

Across the ashen ocean floor

The reluctant end pin

paralyzed at the shore’s edge

He began

The cello’s belly is so unsure

Spilling vibrato prayers

Before the magic begins

And a choking land prying away hungry eyes

Can breathe again

No ominous foot on their necks

The trees sing green — sing home

The ocean remembers

Providing life and then

a spirit rises, and then

what ascends from the crying bow

and aching hollow

Is another beautiful thing entirely

Tayllor Johnson

Tayllor Johnson is a poet, writer, educator, performer, activist, and founder of Sisterhood (verb), Inc. A published poet, she has been writing and performing her poetry and written works for over 15 years. She liberates, investigates, and celebrates herself through her written and spoken word and inspires others to do the same. Having taught for over ten years, her undergraduate (Mount Holyoke College) and graduate (New York University) research centered around establishing art as a community norm in disenfranchised schools through arts-integrated curriculum development and community outreach. Tayllor’s journey fighting for justice and healing as a Black woman in America led her to create Sisterhood (verb), Inc., a creative consulting business dedicated to uplifting Black women and youth through art and community and consulting with other organizations in arts education, social justice, and community building with creativity at the center. Currently, Tayllor is in Santa Barbara, CA, finishing up her first poetry book, Sweet Epiphanies: To be Determined, and working to accomplish her mission to find new ways poetry can empower and soothe the wounded and disturb the status quo, setting us all on a path to freedom.

Photo (left) by Tom Swinnen

Yo-Yo Ma’s Cello Mourns

Tayllor Johnson

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Selected Poems
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Absolutely Fucked & Selected Works
Yasmeen Mir
Why Nursing?
Sara Luster
My Pandemic Reality
Reyna Amaya
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Zoë Barnstone-Clark
This is What Democracy Looks Like:
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R.B. Kitaj
Alan Loehle
Education in the Age of COVID
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Theater of Cruelty
Cody Marsh
Selected Talisman Poems
Aliki Barnstone & Corina Dross
Selected Poems
Jacob Griffin Hall
Julia Fleming-Dresser
Adam Sobsey
Anthropocine Series
Alan Loehle
Ernest Burden
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Human Decency: A Priority
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Phoenician Morphosis & Selected Works
Knocking for the Future
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Meet Them Where They Live (Part 1)
Paxton Farrar
Deb Luster
Consider This
Akiya Henry
Selected Works
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A View of Black Lives Matter
Contributing Artists
True Form Films
Yeniffer Behrens-Mendoza & Mauricio Mendoza
PFAs Contamination
Tonya Chandler
The Dirt on Clean Wine
Tom Mills & Adrienne Voboril
Reinvent & Reconsider
Holly Arbuckle
One Health by Design
Jessi Flynn
Kweza Craft Brewery
Jessi Flynn
A New Resistance
Ed Brown
Beyond Rorschach
John Fleming
Journey to Her Roots
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Drink Different
Jason Dibble
The Frontier in my Fridge
Chien-Kang Chen
Kyung Me
When BeDeviled
Sara Jolena Wolcott
10 Years in the U.S.
Yee Eun Nam
Diatribe Diaries
D.S. Legters
The Bucky Ball
Contributing Writers & Artists
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Infinity + 1
David Zung
The Jingle Dress Project
Eugene Tapahe
Flowers Everywhere
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Desire Lines
Gui Marcondes
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