Conversations with Good Men, Bethel Swift's debut chapbook, witnesses a feminist's awakening while grappling to better understand her upbringing, beliefs, desires, place, and sense of self-worth following the trauma of betrayal. Through real and imagined dialogue between the feminine and the masculine, these poems invite the reader on a three-act journey exploring the spiritual and practical complexity of being in relationship with family, faith, lovers, friends, and one's self - all the while learning to love, lose, and become open to loving again.
About the Author
Bethel Swift is a San Diego-based poet, publisher, and workshop instructor from the South Side of Chicago. She is the author of Conversations with Good Men (Swift & Sparrow Press, 2020) and has poetry published in Armenian Poetry Project, Haiku Journal, San Diego Poetry Annual, and Expressions from Englewood as well as exhibited at Columbia College Chicago. In 2017, Bethel was the recipient of an AWP Writer to Writer Mentorship with poet Sandy Coomer (Available Light). Prior to that, she studied poetry under Kristina Marie Darling (Dark Horse) and Larry Sawyer (Vertigo Diary) at the Chicago School of Poetics and with Martha Vertreace-Doody (Glacier Fire) at Kennedy-King College.
"In this capacious volume of poetry, Bethel Swift uses inherited literary forms and religious wisdom for feminist ends. Swift's work is as luminous as it is subversive, rendering what is familiar suddenly strange, unsettling, and in the end empowering. This is an accomplished debut by an exciting new voice in contemporary poetry." Kristina Marie Darling, author of Look to Your Left: The Poetics of Spectacle and Dark Horse: Poems