New Collection of Poetry by Brian Swann

POSTED ON: January 31, 2023

Brian Swann book

Imago, the latest title from Brian Swann, adjunct professor of English, is an exuberant collection of poems celebrating art, nature, and humanity.

Swann, who retired from his full-time role last spring after five decades in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, is known as a prolific writer, editor, translator, and respected scholar of Native American cultures and literatures. Imago is his 14th collection of poetry, due to be released from Johns Hopkins University Press on March 28, 2023.

Tom Sleigh, author of The King’s Touch and distinguished professor in the M.F.A. program at Hunter College, says of the collection: “Imago marries perceptual acuity to waywardness of thought. Swann's elegies refute elegiac premises, as in ‘The Garden.’ His imagistic forays turn out to be elaborate meditations on notorious abstractions, as in ‘History.’ The poet's open-ended investigations into the nature of dying and old age, and what Wallace Stevens called ‘the palm at the end of the mind,’ are fluent, fluid, and endlessly appealing.”

Imago is available for pre-order from the publisher.

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