Poetry. DREAM-BEAUTY-PSYCHO is Todd Swift's latest trip to the world of desire and retro style, sometimes Lynchian in scope. Rhetorically wild at heart, these onrushing poems of religion, marriage, sex and phantasy establish Swift as one of the auteurs of contemporary English poetry. His 33- year-oeuvre is now, more than anything, its own cinematic universe of replicated tropes, fetishes, words and allusions. This could be a psychobiography dreamt up by Freud. Over it all looms the year 2016: the deaths of Bowie and Cohen, and Trump's rise but the crowning achievement here may be the poems celebrating recent books by Denise Riley and Derek Mahon, who each create a bridge of eloquence.
Todd is a British-Canadian expert on modern and contemporary poetry, and has been editing poetry collections for over 20 years. He has been a university teacher working with BA, MA and PhD students, in Budapest, London and Glasgow. He is the editor or co- editor of numerous global anthologies, including Carcanet's Modern Canadian Poets. He is author of nine full collections of poetry, including Seaway: New & Selected Poems, from Salmon, Ireland. His Selected Poems was published in 2014 by Marick Press, USA. His poems have appeared in many leading journals in America, Australia, Britain, Canada and Ireland, such as Poetry (Chicago), Poetry Review, Poetry London, PRISM International, The Globe and Mail, Jacket, and New American Writing. He was Oxfam GB's poet-in-residence, based in Marylebone, 2004-2012. He will be Visiting Scholar/Writer-in-Residence, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge, England, 2017-18.Author City: LONDON UNK