In the preface to his book Potpourri A Priori, poet Dylan Swift writes:
“While our capacity for poetry is what defines us as human beings, poetry itself is not easily defined. It is not history––presenting facts; it is more like fiction––presenting feelings, imaginings, whims of the heart. Perhaps it helps to think of poetry as dwelling in a netherworld of abstraction, where mysteriously there is a willful accruing of words, words not chosen just for their meanings but for their sound and their look, with the result that there is a building up phrase by phrase, line by line, with blocks of stanzas resulting, hopefully having ideas and a certain logic, with all that implies––argumentation, observation, and ultimately affirmation.”
With the fifty-five poems included in Potpourri A Priori, Dylan Swift has created minimal, surreal, fragmentary wordplay that speaks with wit, irony and circumspection to the mystery of our humanness in an impersonal universe.
As novelist and poet, Dylan Swift is the nom de plume of the photographer Roger Minick, who has been photographing the American experience for the past fifty years. With many exhibits to his credit and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and two NEA Grants, Minick’s photography is included in permanent collections at The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The J Paul Getty Museum, George Eastman House, and The Smithsonian.