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JOS CHARLES discusses her collection of poetry FEELD

 

feeld (Milkweed Editions)

Selected by Fady Joudah as a winner of the 2017 National Poetry Series, Jos Charles's revolutionary second collection of poetry, feeld, is a lyrical unraveling of the circuitry of gender and speech, defiantly making space for bodies that have been historically denied their own vocabulary.

"i care so much abot the whord i cant reed." In feeld, Charles stakes her claim on the language available to speak about trans experience, reckoning with the narratives that have come before by reclaiming the language of the past. In Charles's electrifying transliteration of English--Chaucerian in affect, but revolutionary in effect--what is old is made new again. "gendre is not the tran organe / gendre is yes a hemorage." "did u kno not a monthe goes bye / a tran i kno doesnt dye." The world of feeld is our own, but off-kilter, distinctly queer--making visible what was formerly and forcefully hidden: trauma, liberation, strength, and joy.

Urgent and vital, feeld composes a new and highly inventive lyrical narrative of what it means to live inside a marked body.

Jos Charles is a trans poet, editor, and author of feeld, a winner of the 2017 National Poetry Series, selected by Fady Joudah and Safe Space, a finalist for the 2016 Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Poetry. Her poetry and writing has appeared in PoetryPENWashington Square ReviewDenver QuarterlyGLAADAction Yes, Lambda Literary, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of the 2016 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship and the 2015 Monique Wittig Writer's Scholarship. She received an MFA from the University of Arizona and currently resides in Long Beach, California.

Photo by Cybele Knowles

Event date: 
Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Feeld Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781571315052
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Milkweed Editions - August 14th, 2018

Safe Space Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781934103708
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ahsahta Press - October 1st, 2016