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Poetry by Todd Swift
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Todd Swift is one of the most exciting and eclectic young writers to emerge in Canada. Over the last years he has continuously explored new genres and themes, writing in a variety of styles, including work for television, film, radio, theatre, CD, spoken word and the printed page. He has also become recognized as one of North Americas leading poetry activists and is involved internationally in the promotion of performance poets, through his various cabaret events and other related projects. As performer, writer, impresario and editor, (of the significant anthologies Map-Makers Colours: New Poets of Northern Ireland and Poetry Nation: The North American Anthology of Fusion Poets), he has defined a new kind of cosmopolitan panache for the idea of the poet as key figure of the age.
Swift’s poems move between the familiar and exotic, from the meditative through the speculative. His poetic language too is on the move, from the crisp tentativeness of Elizabeth Bishop to the outer suburbs of Wallace Stevens and even, here and there, Ginsberg. The intimate is always threatened: reality is challenged by its myths. These poems show a young man exploring the world before him with intelligence, grace, even a certain bravado. They make a very auspicious first collection.
George Szirtes (British poet, author of Selected Poems, Oxford University Press, 1996)
Swift writes like something still matters, but he doesnt know what. Dark and dangerous, Swift offers us a requiem for the century. Budavox is ... one of the five best and darkest works of 1999.
Hal Niedzviecki, Geist
Author Todd Swift
Todd Swift was born in Montreal and grew up in St. Lambert. He served on two occasions as The Canadian League of Poets’ representative for Quebec. His poetry series Vox Hunt (1995-97) was hailed by The Globe & Mail as “virtually unique in North America.” From 1998-2000, he was the Visiting Lecturer at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, specializing in courses on poetry and film. In 2001, he moved to Paris, then to London, England, where he earned an M.A. in Creative Writing from The University of East Anglia. His poems have appeared in journals such as Poetry Review, The Guardian, and New American Writing, as well as on ABC, BBC, CBC, and RTE radio. He is poetry editor of Nthposition.com and edited the e-book 100 Poets Against the War (2003). He has reviewed for Books in Canada, Poetry London, and The Dubliner, among others, and has been Oxfam Great Britain’s Poet In Residence since 2004. His latest publication is a collection of essays entitled Language Acts (Vehicule, 2007), the first major study of Anglo-Quebec poetry in over 40 years, co-edited with Jason Camlot. Swift lives in London, England, with his wife Sara.
Budavox,Todd Swift, 94 pp., 5 x 8, Poetry, August, 1999
ISBN: 978-0-919688-46-9 (paper) . . . $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-919688-48-3 (Bound). . . $25.95
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