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Jos Charles reads her poem “LVII. [tonite I wuld luv to rite]”.

Jos Charles:

From feeld by Jos Charles (Minneapolis: Milkweed Editions, 2018). Copyright © 2018 by Jos Charles. Used with permission from Milkweed Editions.

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So this is poem LVII from my recent collection field.

I wrote this poem, it was during a month in which I had multiple friends who were all trans women who passed away, two by their own hand, one who was murdered, and I was processing that so all these things sort of coalesced into this knot, it felt like for me I had to write.


tonite i wuld luv to rite the mothe inn the guarden / 2

greev it /  & as a mater off forme / did u kno

not a monthe goes bye /  a tran i kno doesnt dye / just

shye off 27 / its such a plesure to be alive /

inn this trembled soot / u lent / shock is a 

struktured responce / a whord lost inn the mouthe 

off keepers / & u them at the mothe / a dozen bes /

i tetherred thees nites / i gathred so manie treees