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Bethel Swift is a San Diego-based poet, workshop instructor, and blogger from the South Side of Chicago. Her poetry has been published in Armenian Poetry Project, Haiku Journal, and Expressions from Englewood as well as exhibited at Columbia College Chicago. In 2017, she was the recipient of an AWP Writer to Writer Mentorship with poet Sandy Coomer (Available Light). Prior to that, Bethel studied 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.

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Dating! Most of the dialogue referenced in these poems was culled from real conversations and relationships with friends, boyfriends, and male family members. One of the intermissions contains prayer-like spiritual convos as well.
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“Full many a gem of purest ray serene,
The dark unfathom'd caves of ocean bear:
Full many a flower is born to blush unseen,
And waste its sweetness on the desert air.”
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“So much longing.
So many lives
filled
with longing.

It's what stories―
all our stories―
are made of.

And what is longing
made of
except hope?”
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“You should know better than to run from a storm, too. We wolves are careful. Always we are careful. But we are not afraid. Not of our own good world.(pp. 48)”
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Fred Rogers
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”
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