“It’s too late for safety”: Jos Charles’s ‘a Year & other poems’
This week during The Write Question, Lauren chats with Jos Charles, author of a Year & other poems (Milkweed Editions), her third full-length collection. These poems endure, as the poet has endured, loss and devastation—California wildfires, housing insecurity, the death of loved ones. The strength of this collection lies its in silence, its whispers, its defiant hope, a search for something more, something better.
Jos Charles is author of a Year & other poems (Milkweed Editions; March 15, 2022), feeld, a Pulitzer-finalist and winner of the 2017 National Poetry Series selected by Fady Joudah (Milkweed Editions, 2018), and Safe Space (Ahsahta Press, 2016). Charles has poetry published with POETRY, Poem-a-Day, PEN, Washington Square Review, Denver Quarterly, Action Yes, The Feminist Wire, and elsewhere. From 2013-2018 she served as the founding-editor for THEM lit, a trans literary journal. Jos Charles has an MFA from the University of Arizona. She is currently a PhD student at UC Irvine and resides in Long Beach, CA.
Jos Charles recommends:
All That Beauty by Fred Moten (Letter Machine Editions)
In Her Feminine Sign by Dunya Mikhail (New Directions Publishing)
Lauren Korn recommends:
Safe Space (Ahsahta Press) and feeld (Milkweed Editions) by Jos Charles
Pilgrim Bell by Kaveh Akbar (Graywolf Press)
We Want It All: An Anthology of Radical Trans Poetics edited by Andrea Abi-Karam and Kay Gabriel (Nightboat Books)
My New Job by Catherine Wagner (Fence Books)
Vantage by Taneum Bambrick (Copper Canyon Press, American Poetry Review)
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