Former Colorado River guide Rebecca Lawton doesn't advocate being tossed from a raft in some of the world's fiercest whitewater, but she has been plenty of times. And navigating life beneath the waves is a skill every guide-and some first-time boaters-must learn. But despite its title, Swimming Grand Canyon and Other Poems isn't just about swimming. Or the Grand Canyon. It's about immersion—in rivers, life, and livelihoods.
Lawton's debut poetry book includes the Pushcart-nominated "On Hearing about Ted" and other short takes on river-running culture.