Conversations with Good Men

Conversations with Good Men

Conversations with Good Men
Published by Swift & Sparrow Press
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Conversations with Good Men is a three-act drama, written in verse, that takes readers on a journey of love, longing, heartbreak, and hope. Swift’s poems compassionately explore the concept of man’s “goodness” in addition to her own struggles as a single female navigating the world of dating and relationships while contending with anxiety, depression, sexual assault, survivorship, and the pain that accompanies growth. Fans of poets from Elizabeth Barrett Browning, to E.E. Cummings, to Rupi Kaur and Charly Cox will appreciate Swift’s brevity, wit, transparency, and heart in this collection.

Through poems including snippets of real and imagined (spoken and internal) dialogue between feminine and masculine voices, this collection examines the spiritual and practical complexity of awakening as a feminist while being in relationship with one’s faith, one's family, one's friends, one's lovers, and oneself as well as the impact that upbringing and belief, self-esteem and desire, betrayal and healing have on the process of learning to love, lose, and become open to loving again.

Praise for Convos:

“With unabashed honesty, Swift navigates the dangerous seas of love and intimacy. This collection is both a revelation and a revolution, shameless in depicting want, yet fiercely proclaiming powerful truth.” ~Sandy Coomer, author of Available Light and Rivers Within Us

“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
Conversations with Good Men is a delight to read. Swift’s themes of love and betrayal move beyond surviving to thriving. Her knowledge runs deep and her craft is fully developed. The work is personal, yet universal; political, but not polemic. The language is accessible, yet elevated – the mark of a true poet.” ~Sandra de Helen, author of Desire Returns for a Visit and All this Remains to be Discovered

Technical Information

Publisher: Swift & Sparrow Press
Distributer: Ingram
Identifiers: LCCN 2019910470 | ISBN 978-1-7332730-0-8 (pbk)
Subjects: LCSH Poetry, American. | Women--Poetry. | Feminism--Poetry. | Man-woman relationships--Poetry. | Love poetry, American. | BISAC POETRY / American / General | POETRY / Women Authors | POETRY / Subjects & Themes / Love & Erotica
Classification: LCC PS3569.W48 2020 | DDC 811.54--dc23
THEMA Codes: DCC - Modern & contemporary poetry (c 1900 onwards) & DCF - Poetry by individual poets
Paperback (also available in audibook & ebook) | 88 pages | 6″ x 9″ | 978-1-7332730-0-8 | March 8, 2020