In Savage Beast, Adrian Manning and Charles Joseph seamlessly meld their musically inspired poems. One voice compliments the other, and works as a continuous flow of thought and reflection. The poems carry a feisty nature, an unwillingness to give in, even if life has thrown a right hook and a gut punch and left them temporarily crumpled on a sidewalk in the rain. It’s this insistence that keeps the chapbook spinning, like an old 45 on a dusty, wood-cased turntable. Joseph and Manning keep their poetic journey interesting, even when the main concern is simply getting home in time for dinner.
Cover art by Matt Gullstrand
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Within the pages of Happiness is a Death Blow, Charles Joseph and Kendall A. Bell mine the depths of malaise and introspection through keen observation and deep contemplation. One finds the small crack of light in the pitch black, while the other allows the melancholy to consume him. Through the twelve poems, Bell and Joseph peel back the layers of themselves to reveal the world, and their place in it for what it is: a complicated and frustrating ballet that often breaks bones, and not always cleanly. However, bones heal, and their wills remain intact to delve further into their collective bags of verse. This collection is a reminder that bliss is fleeting, and best consumed in quiet moments.
Cover art by Moly Tov
Conceived as a poetic tribute to the golden age of low budget cinema, Old School Monsters, which features 12 original poems by John Dorsey and Charles Joseph, offers a glimpse into the heart of infamous movie monsters and the formative monsters that shape our reality every day. 50 copies of this chapbook were printed on white linen and released on January 29th 2017.
Cover art by Janne Karlsson.
FIREBALL (or 12 quasi-epic poems of cheerful doom and gloom) is abstract information ripped out of Charles Joseph’s imagination. It’s a new direction, full of reflection that will leave you stranded at the corner of truth and fiction. It’s cheaper than a pack of cigarettes and more expensive than a loaf of bread, but for five bucks, you can buy yourself a ticket to the circus inside of this quasi-poets head.
Temporary Obscurity is a split chapbook that Charles created with B. Diehl in the winter of 2015. The poems are modern, quirky, and thought provoking. Overall, it may just be six poems each by two writers with different voices. But as a unit, it’s is twelve poems that work really well together. So, even though this project began as an online social experiment that could have easily crashed and burned, it didn’t, and this little no-nonsense chapbook is proof that collaborations can work—if you try.
Fear of Boredom is 12 poems of stripped down, gloves off, uncensored material. Stylistically, this collection is a drastic departure from his previous chapbook, “War Paint” because as a whole the poems are more reactionary than introspective. Perhaps these poems were just an evaluation of the world around him, or another manic episode. Either way, this is Charles Joseph’s version of life in modern America.
War Paint is a collection of poems written at the close of Charles Joseph’s two-year exile in Weehawken, NJ. Painfully honest, these poems are a chronicle of his experiences during that period, but the themes are universal—love, loss, anger, fear, disappointment, and hope. Although this chapbook was emotionally and creatively difficult to complete, it helped Charles grow not only as a writer, but also as a human being. A small victory perhaps, but at this point he’ll take what he can get.
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