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Cage of Lit Glass

The debut poetry collection of Charles Kell, Cage of Lit Glass engages themes of death, incarceration, and family through a range of physical, emotional, and philosophical spaces. In startling images of beauty and violence, Kell creates a haunting world that mirrors our individual and cultural fears. Boldly engaging with the absurdity, strain, and horrors of life, Kell’s poems expand upon the lineage of writers such as Kafka, Beckett, and Rimbaud.
Cage of Lit Glass follows multiple individuals and points of view, all haunted by various states of unease and struggle that follow them like specters as they navigate their world. Kell’s poems form blurred narratives and playful experiments from our attempts to build lives from despair. A tense and insightful collection, these works will follow the reader long after the book is finished.

104 pages | 6 x 9


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“In the Cage of Lit Glass, Charles Kell presents an unreal world and yet, these confines are not an imaginary. The cages are also not stable . . . We learn that if you wish to read a poem, you may as well carve the lines on your wrist. By creating such poems, the reader is separated from their comfort zone. And this is a marvelous feat. After all, awareness is powerful poetic. So, join Charles Kell in his Cage of Lit Glass.”

Kimiko Hahn, author of Brain Fever

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