Conversations with Good Men
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.
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"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