2018 National Book Award Longlist, Poetry

Jos Charles

feeld by Jos Charles

(Milkweed Editions)
ISBN: 9781571315052

ABOUT THE BOOK (from the publisher)

"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.

About the Author

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 have appeared in PoetryPEN, Washington Square ReviewDenver QuarterlyGLAADAction Yes, Lambda Literary Review, 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.


- WEBSITE: joscharles.com

- TWITTER: @josdcharles


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