Todd Swift’s eighth poetry collection, When All My Disappointments Came At Once, charts his moving journey back from despair after a series of serious mid-life setbacks, guided by a love of lyrical poetry and its fertile traditions. This groundbreaking book is a Life Studies for our times. It confirms the human heart’s wonderful resilience, and Swift as a poet of the first rank, in terms of style, bravery and integrity of vision. Above all else it is filled with flamboyant poems of great depth and beauty.
About the Author
Dr Todd Swift is Lecturer in English Literature and Creative Writing, at Kingston University, London. He is Director and Editor of new small press Eyewear Publishing. Published by the age of 18 in The Fiddlehead, Swift is the prolific author of eight collections of poetry and many more pamphlets. He is editor or co-editor of a dozen anthologies, most recently Lung Jazz: Young British Poets for Oxfam, with a preamble from David Lehman. His poems have appeared in numerous international publications, such as Poetry (Chicago), Poetry Review (London), and The Globe and Mail (Toronto). He has been Oxfam’s poet-in-residence, based in Marylebone, since 2004. His widely-read blog, Eyewear, has been archived by The British Library. His PhD is from the University of East Anglia, and is concerned with poetic style and the British poets of the 1940s. Swift, in his 20s, had a colourful series of freelance jobs, working for Penthouse magazine, and as story-editor on the cult anime show, Sailor Moon, as well as running Canada’s infamous poetry cabaret series, Vox Hunt, which The Globe and Mailcalled “virtually unique in North America”. It was during that time, in the 90s, before his move to Budapest, that he was in the band Swifty Lazarus with Tom Walsh, which mixed spoken word and soundscapes in a new way. Swift lived in Budapest then Paris, in his 30s, before settling in London in 2003. His key themes are sex, violence, religion, love, travel, and style, and he loves 80s music, 50s eyewear, 60s TV, 70s politics, and 40s cinema.