November 24, 2014

short note on todd swift

Filed under: Uncategorized — larspalm @ 3:32 pm

screenshot201403fIn Unfinished Study of a French Girl (KFS, 2014) Todd Swift serves us 16 new poems written since 2012 & they deal with the living & the dead & the occasional boy band. There’s a distinctly philosophical, at times religious (as in catholic), streak in this chapbook which would be no surprise to those who are already familiar with his work. The poems that stand out to me & to which i will return are the opener ”Not Refusing to Mourn The Death of Philip Seymour Hoffmann in Greenwich Village” (that title), ”Red Shoes”, the title poem & ”After the Boy Band Incident” with phrases like these: ”My shadow, my entourage./My sanity was syndiated.” The closing poem in memoriam Seamus Heaney is plain beautiful. There’s just one other book by mr. Swift in my shelf, the 2008 new and selected titled Seaway from Salmon Poetry, his new chapbook will make me reread that with new eyes


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