beyza ozer's work has appeared in or is forthcoming from the Offing, Shabby Doll House, Columbia Poetry Review, and others. beyza is the author of I Don’t Mean to Redshift. They are deputy director of social media at YesYes Books. beyza lives in Chicago and, besides working at W&CF, also attends Columbia College and interns at the Poetry Foundation.
The first time i read beyza's poetry, we were in a high school photography class & they were doing my homework for me while i edited work that was truly, truly above my 17 year old head. i'm telling you right now, they were amazing then & now they are writing poems that can kill you if you aren't careful. this book is my favorite book until they write their next one.
Reading FAIL BETTER felt like being stuck in a thick, opaque, nearly solid embodiment of translation, flailing my arms but moving at 1/1000th the speed that my arms would normally flail. I thought beyza, beyza, beyza, after every page, and as I finished the book my body seeped out of the cloud and rested on the floor.
beyza's words are so deft and tender that you won’t notice them changing you until it’s already happened. FAIL BETTER is waiting patiently to become a part of you.
Beyza Ozer's FAIL BETTER is a book full of poems that understand that being sad and being alive is another way to tell a stranger that we don't have to be alone if we don't want to be. Beyza Ozer's FAIL BETTER is here for you, and it always will be. How many things in this world can we really truly say that about?