Queers Like Me

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Confessional and immersive, Michael V. Smith's latest collection is a broad tapestry that explores growing up queer and working class, then growing into an urban queer life.

In these poems, we are immersed in the world of a young Smith as he shares the awkward dinners, the funerals, and the uncertainty of navigating fraught dynamics, bringing us into these most intimate moments of family life while outrunning deep grief. Smith moves from first home to first queer experiences: teenage crushes, video cameras, post-club hookups, fears and terrors, closeted lovers, and daydreams of confronting your childhood bully.

Queers Like Me is an enveloping book-- a meditation on family complexity and a celebration of personal insight.

About the Author

Michael V. Smith has published six previous books, which include three collections of poetry, a memoir, and two novels. Also an award-winning filmmaker, drag queen, and professor, Smith teaches at UBC Okanagan, in Kelowna, BC, where he lives with his brilliant husband.

"A verse memoir from several perspectives of identity, Queers Like Me is a faceted lexicon of Smith's experience of grief, desire, alienation, aging, and happiness. A warm, witty-tragic tale told in lineated conversational intimacy, with lines like 'I'm a bit emotionally barren / with some singing and dancing / thrown in, ' this confessional/anti-confessional text feels like a friend you could talk to about anything." --Sharon Thesen, author of The Wig-Maker

Publisher: Book*hug Press
Pub date: October 12, 2023
96 pages
Format: Paperback