SWALLOW by Sam Rush

SWALLOW by Sam Rush

Author: Sam Rush
ISBN: 978-1-943977-82-6
Publication Date: 2/20/2021
Retail Price: $15.95
5.83 x 8.27” Paperback; 58 Pages
Distributed by Ingram and Sibling Rivalry Press
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"I want to work in a way that adds to a conversation that is growing around disability poetics and the power that people with disabilities, particularly sensory differences, have to highlight the rift between what is agreed upon as reality and the multiplicities of reality that exist for different individuals. I want to create space for this dissonance to be seen for all it can add to the world. I want us to be much more than our struggles. I want other writers who perceive a reality outside of the accepted version to expand into themselves and out into the world."


“In SWALLOW, Rush sounds off at a new frequency, tuning keenly to the irreducible particularities of a body living its way into a prophecy only certain ears can hear. Ambitious in sonic play and buzzing with the verve of a private hero’s journey, this collection lends gravity to understanding inherited form—the sonnet and one’s own corporeal vessel—as a pyre an altar an altered/state. SWALLOW permits nonlinear passage into the choose-your-own-adventure of dismantling so many false dichotomies—noun vs. verb and sound vs. silence, among them—and Rush proves a skilled captain on all counts.”
—MEG DAY, author of Last Psalm at Sea Level

“Sam Rush’s SWALLOW is an experiment in space, sound, and flight. This debut collection of poetry provides an intimate interrogation of the grief we must learn to live around. A contemporary poet’s ode to the sonnet, SWALLOW uses poetic tradition to build a world of new meaning that rings the page and echoes the ears. A playground and praise song, this collection holds the reader in the contradictions and the comforts of negative space. SWALLOW demands we consider ourselves and the lineage of our losses in ways that fill us whole.”
—PORSHA OLAYIWOLA, Boston poet laureate, author of i shimmer sometimes too


SAM RUSH began writing poems after developing progressive hearing loss and realizing how many words each word could be. Sam was a finalist at the National Poetry Slam as a member of The House Slam team in 2016. Sam’s work has been featured in Muzzle, The Offing, Voicemail Poems & The Journal, as well as on Button Poetry, and SlamFind. They have spent the last decade working in experiential education and youth empowerment and also like plants and things that light up.