Skip to main content Skip to search Skip to search

Poetry Lgbt

Why I Was Late

by (author) Charlie Petch

Publisher
Brick Books
Initial publish date
Sep 2021
Category
LGBT, Canadian, LGBT
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781771315579
    Publish Date
    Sep 2021
    List Price
    $20.00
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781771315586
    Publish Date
    Sep 2021
    List Price
    $11.99
  • Downloadable audio file

    ISBN
    9781771315937
    Publish Date
    May 2022
    List Price
    $26.99

Add it to your shelf

Where to buy it

Description

With kitchen-table candour and empathy, Charlie Petch's debut collection of poems offers witness to a decades-long trans/personal coming of age, finding heroes in unexpected places.

Why I Was Late fuses text with performance, brings a transmasculine wisdom, humour, and experience to bear upon tailgates, spaceships, and wrestling rings. Fierce, tender, convention re-inventing—Petch works hard. And whether it's as a film union lighting technician, a hospital bed allocator, a Toronto hot dog vendor, or a performer/player of the musical saw, the work is survival. Heroes are found in unexpected places, elevated by both large and small gestures of kindness, accountability and acceptance. No subject—grief, disability, kink, sexuality, gender politics, violence—is off limits.

A poet so good at drag they had everyone convinced that they were a woman for the first forty years of their life, Petch has somehow brought the stage and its attendant thrills into the book. Better late than. And better.

"Charlie Petch's Why I Was Late is a poetic debut with the wisdom of a sage and the emotional range of an expert comedian. Do yourself a favor and read this book. This is a master at work." — Kai Cheng Thom, author of I Hope We Choose Love: A Trans Girl's Notes from the End of the World

About the author

Charlie Petch (they/them, he/him) is a disabled/queer/transmasculine person who resides in Toronto/Tkaronto. Petch's full-length spoken word vaudeville play Mel Malarkey has toured all over Canada. They have several handsome chapbooks, and Late Night Knife Fights was published with LyricalMyrical Press. A musician, lighting designer, spoken word artist, award-winning playwright, and host, Petch was the 2017 Poet of Honour for Spoken Word Canada, winner of the Golden Beret lifetime achievement in spoken word with The League of Canadian Poets, and founder of Hot Damn it's a Queer Slam.

Charlie Petch's profile page

Editorial Reviews

"ther ar secrets heer within th crevices uv skin th fertilitee
n futilitee uv prsonal love if yu ask 4 mor storeez uv gendr
label fragilitee n damage interrogating th endless masquerade
n collapsing loves n worlds '..the pus / real love / is made of'
poetree heer 2 keep yu awake n wanting mor uv ths brilliant book"
— bill bissett

"Many of us know (and perhaps are) that nimble farceur who uses humour as a coping mechanism. If we were to seek out this connection between comedy and survival in verse, we must look to Charlie Petch. Packed with nostalgia and ironic allusion Why I Was Late acts like the life of the poetry party, yet behind every CP30, Nosferatu, and Big League Chew lies a deeper vulnerability and stark social critique. Petch offers us a playfully complex debut collection." — Amber Dawn, author of My Art Is Killing Me and Other Poems

 

"Charlie Petch's Why I Was Late is a poetic debut with the wisdom of a sage and the emotional range of an expert comedian. Diving deep into the rich thematic territory of queer love, loss, and survival in the time of sex and gender oppression, the author's razor wit pierces straight to the heart so that the reader hardly knows whether to laugh, cry, or both at once. Petch's deep lineage in spoken word and theatre fairly leap off the page, whisking us away to coffeehouses, bars, and theatres where Petch has honed his craft and that of countless others in the community. Do yourself a favor and read this book. This is a master at work." — Kai Cheng Thom, author of author of I Hope We Choose Love: A Trans Girl's Notes from the End of the World

"Why I Was Late is a vulnerable, authentic collection of poems—unpredictable and brilliant, sometimes grotesque and downright hilarious—Charlie Petch is a necessary voice in poetry." — Mary Lambert, author of Shame Is an Ocean I Swim Across

Other titles by Charlie Petch