Flying for the Window, a poetry chapbook by Charles Coté, has been accepted for publication by Finishing Line Press. The manuscript includes “Seeing the Oncologist,” which will appear in upstreet number four, and other poems about the poet’s son Charlie, who died of a malignant melanoma in 2005 at the age of 18, when he was still a high-school student and the frontman for a popular Rochester-area band, Fivestar Riot. The chapbook takes its title from one of the entries in the journal Charlie left behind:
Certainty is the cage that keeps us
safe from curiosity. I’ve been released
from the cage. I am the songbird
and I am flying for the window.
I know it’s closed but I plan on
Charles Coté was born in North Adams, MA, and lives in Rochester, NY, where he practices as a clinical social worker. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Cortland Review, Blueline, Free Lunch, Identity Theory, Modern Haiku, Connecticut River Review, Adagio Verse Quarterly, and HazMat Review. To read his interview with Boston Literary Magazine on the poems he wrote about his son, go here: http://www.bostonliterarymagazine.com/win08interview.html