Queer Poetry Reading Group: Feeld by Jos Charles

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**NOTE: This event will be VIRTUAL ONLY. Please email [email protected] to get the Zoom link.**

The Library at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center presents the January discussion of the center's Queer Poetry Reading Group, where we'll read feeld by Jos Charles.

About the book:

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 narrative of what it means to live inside a marked body.

Limited free copies of the book are available for those who are able to pick up a copy at our center located in Allentown -- request a copy with your RSVP.


January 16, 2023 at 6:30pm - 8pm
Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center
522 W Maple St
at Bayard Rustin Way
Allentown, PA 18101
United States
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Gabby Hochfeld · · (610) 347-9988 x106

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