Janine Joseph is a formerly undocumented poet and librettist from the Philippines, and the author of Decade of the Brain, forthcoming from Alice James Books in 2023, as well as Driving Without a License (Alice James Books, 2016), which won the Kundiman Poetry Prize. The recipient of fellowships, prizes, and residencies from Kundiman, MacDowell, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center, Philippine American Writers and Artists, the Academy of American Poets, Hedgebrook, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Bethany Arts Community, she is an associate professor of creative writing at Oklahoma State University, as well as a visiting associate professor and 2022–23 Dean’s Distinguished Scholar at Virginia Tech. Joseph is a co-organizer for the organization Undocupoets.
With no metaphors for what turns and turns, for what meets the ground from clouds, I collapse in the room my barn-blue, silicone funnel. My students, as unruffled as the spectators Continue reading