About the Book
Winner of the 2019 Donald Justice Poetry Prize, selected by Erica Dawson
Voice Message explores through villanelles, sonnets, quatrains, and even free verse the consolation and devastation that art and poetry offers. Swett engages the art of Vermeer to guide and contextualize personal pain, exploring how can art offer motivation, comfort, and release. In these poems, there is tenderness for our vulnerable earth as well as for our fragile human bodies. Swett’s debut book is a poignant and measured collection that reminds us of art’s ability to heal.