All Blue So Late

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Publication Date
December 2017
Page Count
80 pages
Trim Size
6.125 x 8.5

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 is an associate editor for PEN America: A Journal for Writers and Readers and 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. This is a striking debut." —C. Dale Young, author of The Day Underneath the Day and The Halo