Monday, July 23, 2012

Charles Freeland

Charles Freeland is Professor of English at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio. He has twice received the Individual Excellence Award in Poetry from the Ohio Arts Council. 

"Charles Freeland has this uniquely irreverent voice, and he invents his own textures, hand-paints his own landscapes just to satisfy his craving (or curiosity or whatever it is that he writes for). I do not see any effort to entertain, to convince, or to horrify. And for that, he has my utmost respect and admiration."

-- Kristine Ong Muslim

New Collection (2019):

Slow Codex

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Book Length Poems:


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In which we are invited to witness the protean prose of Charles Freeland as it enters and bends around our improbably porous bodies like smoke from a library fire. Until one can no longer tell where one’s limbs or eyelashes begin and the author’s sentences end. If either can, in fact, be said to begin or end at all. Pick any one of Freeland’s expertly carved sonic doorknobs and turn to open. The room waiting there contains the very universe, if not the socks, you’re standing in right now. Beyond which: “The doors to the research labs fly open and when you peer inside there are still more doors and probably more doors inside those…"

 —Travis Macdonald

Eros & (Fill in the Blank)

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Charles Freeland dances under moonlight. The landscape for his delightfully curious insights is visual, symbolic, a work of art and an advanced warning dusted with allusion, playfulness and literary confidence. A poem in prose, an epistolary project, Eros unspools advice wise, subversive and funny; very funny. Sentences tumble, one after the other. Truth rides shotgun to contradiction. I suspect James Joyce has placed an advanced order for this book-length paragraph of lilting depth and joy, as well as Charles Bernstein, Charles Simic, Lee Ann Brown, Frank O'Hara and assorted scholastics and philosophers. Freeland is Polonius on acid. Unlike Polonius, the author is advantaged by having read the tragedy's fifth act while simultaneously knowing pleasures of sensation and the “fact of the human body. Its shape like the modest ginger root.” As only passionate careful writers can do, Freeland offers his readers – you and you and you – his brimming heart on his well-tailored sleeve. On our “advanced planet” Psyche is in danger, Eros cautions – though worth much regard. How bright Freeland's moon.

 — Sarah Sarai 


Chilean Sea Bass is Really Just Patagonian Toothfish

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"How do we discern the truly essential ingredients?" asks Charles Freeland in this passage that serves up a combination platter of the frivolous and the significant with a rhythm reminiscent of life itself.  Cultural detritus pollutes the field of our vision in the form of junk food, bar codes, and phantom pains. Natural landscapes are filtered through a force field of attention deficit disorder.  What gets lost and what remains visible in this land of distractions and information overload mode?  Sometimes it seems "we only register when something is amiss".  This piece moves in a way that captures both the suppression and surprising expressions of the day to day; the chugging routine and the startling little rifts in the routine, when suddenly a truly singular image or genuine moment comes to the forefront and asserts its own unique individuality.

-- Juliet Cook


Prose by Charles Freeland, Artwork by Rosaire Appel.

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Albumen casts its spell using disparate elements. Bits of folk tale and nursery rhyme, the surrealist prose poem, asemic writing, the gothic novel and philosophical speculation -- in Albumen the protean prose of Charles Freeland combines with the haunting, enigmatic graphics of Rosaire Appel to create a unique, book-length work of art.


Through the Funeral Mountains on a Burro

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Charles Freeland employs narrative sequence as a mode of aspiring to innocence. Each of these deceptively direct prose pieces, "embracing that infinity," is replete with power to endure what finally endows the conscious mind with revelations disguised as moments. Freeland’s wry humor, charged observations, sonorous lines ("Eulalie stands thigh deep in the river"), remind us of our privilege "just to catch the echo of it, the way children sometimes catch crayfish on the end of a sharpened stick." One final word for Freeland: "Encore!"

— Sheila E. Murphy

Deviled Ham and a Picture of Jesus

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Outrageous and eccentric, colorful and immediately engaging, Grubb, the center of Charles Freeland's new collection, takes us through his odd but totally convincing world, genuinely a second universe, even if "he knows it is only the wind and the wind has no words." Grubb reminds us of Ellison's invisible man, Snyder's mythic turtle holding up the fragile world, and Kerouac's Dr. Sax, all strong presences who are in but not of the common condition, and thus able to get a real bead on us. Freeland brings us fresh perspectives here, ones we will not immediately understand, but ones we will believe, and this is the bedrock of art.

-- Heather Ross Miller

Five Perfect Solids

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Variations on a Theme by Spinoza

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In Charles Freeland's Variations on a Theme by Spinoza, the poet makes flesh the 17th-century philosopher's mind/body/emotions-as-divine issues for an audience familiar with the significance of `unguarded messages on the phone.' Fascinating parts - the piety of lust, an impartial, broken-hearted God - strive to equal the sublime oneness that consumed one of our greatest minds. Badass, but also a little lonely, no?  

-- Chris Vola

Furiant, Not Polka

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The Case of the Danish King Halfdene

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Where We Saw Them Last

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Eulalie & Squid

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Six Kinds of Weather

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