feeld

feeld

by Jos Charles

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Overview

LONGLISTED FOR THE 2018 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD

A FINALIST FOR THE 2018 LA TIMES BOOK PRIZE IN POETRY

A NEW YORKER BEST POETRY BOOK OF 2018

A VULTURE BEST POETRY BOOK OF 2018

A LIBRARY JOURNAL BEST BOOK OF 2018


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 onthe 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781571315052
Publisher: Milkweed Editions
Publication date: 08/14/2018
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 271,225
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.10(d)

About the Author

Jos Charles is a trans poet, editor, and author ofthe collection Safe Space. She is the recipient of the 2016 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship through the Poetry Foundation and the 2015 Monique Wittig Writer’s Scholarship. She received an MFA from the University of Arizona and currently resides in Long Beach, California.

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I.


thees wite skirtes / & orang

sweters / i wont / inn the feedynge marte /

wile mye vegetable partes bloome /

inn the commen waye / a grackel

inn the guarden rooste / the tall

wymon wasching handes /

or eyeing turnups

/ the sadened powres wee rub / so economicalie /

inn 1 virsion off thynges /

alarum is mye nayme

/ unkempt & handeld

i am hors /

i am sadeld / i am a brokn hors


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II.


next inn line

at the feemale

depositrie room / mye

jossled eggs

inn a witen sack /

were that i were goldenne

mye rayte / the tayste off gold

inn eggs / cravyng a room

just emtied enuff

2 curl myeself

inn / thees the dreggs / the grl beguines


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XVI.


gendre is not the tran organe / gendre is yes a

hemorage / the nayme scrypt & the stayte scrypt

preseed laping the milke in mye sacks / gendre lik all

sirfase is a feemale depositrie room / in that clowde

moses wept & wee exspeckte a lawe /

his fase lik lite &

r bodies goldenne in vagynoplastycitie / if u evre get

downe mye mountain / he sade pirge me with hysop /

offer mye bulock on the alter / a tran is noting but the

scens off sum burning / i a lone hav scaped 2 tell u this


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XLVII.


i wanted so much

2 speech /

the hewman thyngs

/ i became the byrd

soot / they sent me

inn / this is wut makes us grls / thining

bye the houre

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