All Blue So Late

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Publication Date
December 2017
Page Count
80 pages
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All Blue So Late

Laura Swearingen-Steadwell
About the Author

LAURA SWEARINGEN-STEADWELL is the author of How to Seduce a White Boy in Ten Easy Steps. A Cave Canem Fellow and a graduate of Warren Wilson’s M.F.A. Program for Writers, she was a finalist in 2010’s Women of the World Poetry Slam.

"All Blue So Late is a haunting coming of age; a slow and writhing eruption of womanhood through layers of heat, siren and loss. Laura Swearingen-Steadwell has a plaintive, truthful voice that ripples with blues and never wavers towards solipsism. She reckons with an American landscape of Midwestern fluorescence and coastal grit to render poems fused with blistered song." —Tyehimba Jess, author of Olio and Leadbelly

"In All Blue So Late, Laura Swearingen-Steadwell reminds us that history is personal, and the personal is history. In cyclical poems that play the past off the present, Swearingen-Steadwell builds a large and captivating story out of smaller lyric moments, the resulting work both whispered as if to a friend and declaimed as if from a stage. The speaker of these poems claims 'I’ll tell you all my secrets' but in the end what is not shared is almost as powerful as what is." —C. Dale Young, author of The Day Underneath the Day and The Halo 

"All Blue So Late emerges from the beautiful refusal to choose between lyric and narrative modes. Part adventure novel, part tragic opera, part psychosocial quest, this collection goes 'bildungsromaning' on its own fiercely original course.  The journey is symphonic, layered, and gripping.  Laura Swearingen-Steadwell’s first collection has been eagerly anticipated for good reason: her voice holds '[g]hosts/ dissolving on an outstretched tongue' and movingly gifts language with “the benefit/of new intention.'" —Mary Szybist, author of Incarnadine: Poems

"All Blue So Late is a collection of libretti for agitated souls. Each poem has deeply inventive and disturbing candor. Laura Swearingen-Steadwell is narratively fearless. Her ghosts and demons rise from a deeper place than I could have previously imagined. If there is a template for the autobiographical/ mystical dimensions of this book, it perhaps is 'The Woman Pouring Handfuls of Ash.'  The fabrics of this poet's experience may at first seem torn to pieces and then, to a careful reader, finally reveal themselves as whole-cloth and entirely beautiful. An immensely talented poet.—Howard Norman, author of Next Life Might Be Kinder