Redwork by Jessica Fjeld

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Redwork by Jessica Fjeld


Redwork by Jessica Fjeld was selected by Dean Young as the winner of the 2017 BOAAT Book Prize.

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Redwork by Jessica Fjeld

Winner of the 2017 BOAAT Book Prize

Foreword by Dean Young


Ships October 15th, 2018


"...while the poems of Redwork carry their share of grief, fear, outrage and dread, the world isn't too much with them. They are nimble, graceful in starkness, and at times fucking funny. Here is a poetry not afraid to be resourceful and even droll in the face of apocalypse."

- Dean Young, excerpt from the foreword 


The coffin star


The best thing I did last week was
sit in a chair while blood leaked out of me

in a non-traumatic way.
It is just a normal thing

in this kind of universe where
you can say anything you want

then cover it up with moans.
Like how I was kicking around

in the chalky dirt of a field
on a hill in the sunshine

the arid grass full of insects
and there in the dust

alongside some improbably small wild strawberries
were scattered precious stones

freshly cut and candy colored
but totally unloved.

Photographer: Martha Stewart

Photographer: Martha Stewart

Jessica Fjeld is a poet, teacher, and lawyer. She is the author of Redwork (BOAAT Press, 2018) and the chapbooks The Tide (Pilot Books, 2010) and On animate life (Poetry Society of America, 2006), for which she received the PSA's Chapbook Fellowship. In 2015, she was awarded a "Discovery" Poetry Prize by the 92Y Unterberg Poetry Center and the Boston Review. Her poems have appeared in ConduitjubilatPoetryShallow Ends, Sixth Finch, and elsewhere. She was born and raised in Vermont, educated at the UMass-Amherst MFA program for Poets & Writers and Columbia Law School, and now lives with her family in Boston, where she works at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.