Queers Like Me
Published by: Book*hug Press
Sales Date: 2023-10-12
Published: October 2023
Page Count: 146 Pages
Dimensions: 5.75 x 8.75
146 Pages, 5.75 x 8.75 x 0.32 in
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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.
"One of the important themes in Queers Like Me is family, not the one we choose but the one into which we are born." —The British Columbia Review