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Last Poems Before Heart Failure

Last Poems Before Heart Failure

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Christmas 2021, Todd Swift was in ICU, close to death. His heart had failed and was operating at less than 20%. Now, in early 2022, he continues to be treated at the Royal Free Hampstead for this serious health challenge. He also has a blood clot on his heart.

With a cover design by artist Edwin Smet, here are a selection of new poems, published as a fundraiser for Todd, who cannot currently work, as he waits for his implant device procedure.

OUT BY end of March 2022, with over 40 NEW POEMS

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Stanley Todd Swift

born in Montreal, Canada, in 1966, was named after his British granddad, Stanley Swift, and Todd, the character from the TV show Route 66. He was a 2017-2018 Visiting Scholar at Pembroke College, Cambridge, as the Writer-in-residence. He has had over twenty collections of his own poetry published, by presses in Canada, the US, Ireland, and the UK. Mentored by A. Alvarez in London, he considers himself a confessional poet. He has a PhD in creative and critical writing from the UEA, where his supervisors included George Szirtes, Denise Riley and Jon Cook.

He is a book collector, lover of cats, and keen swimmer. He has many wonderful nieces and nephews, and one godson, the beautiful lad Alex. He has written over 100 hours of television, including for Paramount, the CBC, Fox, CINAR, Disney, and HBO - and was the series editor for anime cult classic Sailor Moon.

"Todd Swift is the Orson Welles of contemporary poetry" -
Professor Mark Ford