Black Swim by Nicholas Goodly

Winner of the 2017 PSA Chapbook Fellowship

Black Swim by Nicholas Goodly, selected and introduced by Brenda Shaughnessy.

Edition: 500 copies of the winning books were printed by the Prolific Group and designed by Gabriele Wilson, with covers by Kitty McCall.


Goodly makes a new way of moving body and mind together, and Black Swim is the water that contains and constitutes this movement so primal, original, and just now becoming.

— Brenda Shaughnessy

Torch in Drag

come penitent gaping crow 
come pyramids and broken city
you are now a giant woman.

we are longing.
lick your claws
tangerine. eat a liver every day

become extraordinarily beautiful
that is your ability. winged queen
fogging old phoenix take up

as much room as you need. narrate
toward a thing darker than a person.
set every precious one of them on fire

All rights reserved. Reprinted with the permission of the author.

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