Just One Swallow by Laura McCarty
Just One Swallow by Laura McCarty
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Just One Swallow is a sustained song, or scream, against silence, and complicity. In her debut collection, the reader finds poet Laura McCarty’s testament to the importance of communication. 

A longtime resident of the Washington, DC, region, Laura P. McCarty’s creative work has appeared in The Rumpus, Lunch Ticket, descant, Jelly Bucket, the St. Petersburg Review, among other publications, including a family anthology of poetry My Mother, My Daughter, My Sister, My Self. She was a finalist for the 2020 D.C. Poet Project and a finalist for the 2016 Diana Woods Memorial Award in non-fiction. She earned a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Texas, Austin, and her MFA from American University.

"A credit to the narrative tradition; and has no superior. Her debut book is astonishing reading."  -  Grace Cavalieri, Maryland Poet Laureate

“A splendid read.”  -  Elizabeth Hodges, editor/publisher of­ St. Petersburg Review

“A vessel for the silence one struggles to give voice to.”  -  E. Ethelbert Miller, host of On The Margin

“These poems dance with crisp imagery and graceful, well-crafted lines.”  -  Naomi Ayala, author of­ Calling Home: Praise Songs and Incantations

“McCarty’s poems are compelling and intriguing.” —Beth Joselow, author of ­Begin at Once