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Café Alibi

Swift’s Budavox: poems 1990-1999 explored sex, violence, art, and memory, to critical acclaim. His new collection, Café Alibi, written while the author lived abroad in Budapest and Paris, extends these concerns to include popular culture, history, desire, nostalgia, and the often competing claims of travel and home. Swift’s crisp, elegant, deceptively calm language questions images of “the child, the adult and the outside world” in ways both witty and disturbing. Café Alibi maps a stylish itinerary through exotic terrain, offering at once hostility and ultimate peace, poetry that puts love to the test and disarms our darkest fears.

Critical Comment

“This slim edition ... contains elegant, swift poems — precise as shards of glass.”

— Bridget Hourican,The Dubliner Nov. 2002

“Swift writes exquisitely about everyday experiences, changing the base metal of our existence into something fine and valuable.”

— Tony Lewis-Jones, Poetry Scotland

“[Swift] arranges that formal, renegade language into an entirely believable, and often lovely, alibi.”

— Lisa Pasold, Literary Review of Canada, Dec. 2002

“These are the words of a poet where words are ... lavishly seemingly uncontrolled but finally right, fitting, suitably apt.”

— Harriet Zinnes, The Hollins Critic, June 2003

“Were a director like Jean-Luc Goddard to create a full-length feature film from a collection of poems, Café Alibi would be the perfect choice. ”

— Vallum, Fall-Winter 2005

“...a collection that is both colourful and sharply crafted. Café Alibi feels packed somehow, a kind of suitcase of stylish imagery for the elegant traveler. Here are poems infused by Budapest and Paris, and written in a brilliantly intriguing way.... It’s an impressive collection.”

— Leviathan Quarterly, 2003



Author Todd Swift

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Author Biography

Todd Swift was born in Montreal and grew up in St. Lambert. He served on two occasions as The Canadian League of Poets’ representative for Quebec. His poetry series Vox Hunt (1995-97) was hailed by The Globe & Mail as “virtually unique in North America.” From 1998-2000, he was the Visiting Lecturer at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, specializing in courses on poetry and film. In 2001, he moved to Paris, then to London, England, where he earned an M.A. in Creative Writing from The University of East Anglia. His poems have appeared in journals such as Poetry Review, The Guardian, and New American Writing, as well as on ABC, BBC, CBC, and RTE radio. He is poetry editor of Nthposition.com and edited the e-book 100 Poets Against the War (2003). He has reviewed for Books in Canada, Poetry London, and The Dubliner, among others, and has been Oxfam Great Britain’s Poet In Residence since 2004. His latest publication is a collection of essays entitled Language Acts (Vehicule, 2007), the first major study of Anglo-Quebec poetry in over 40 years, co-edited with Jason Camlot. Swift lives in London, England, with his wife Sara.

Café Alibi,Todd Swift, 76 pp., 5x 8, Poetry, August 2002

ISBN: 978-0-919688-53-7 (paper). . .$14.95

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