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Poetry in Motion: Charlie Petch + Why I Was Late
Spoken word poet Charlie Petch’s debut Why I Was Late (Brick Books) is a collection that fuses text and performance in a rich exploration of queer love, gender politics, and heroes in unexpected places. Petch brings a transmasculine wisdom and humour to a range of subjects from grief, disability, kink, sexuality, gender politics—nothing is off limits. Below, they tell us about being a political poet and using comedy as a vehicle for opening readers to bigger issues, and share two poems from their book.
Charlie Petch reads two poems, “Dear CP3O” and “Broiled Meat” from their collection Why I Was Late
* * *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.
* * *Why I Was Late publishes September 1. Preorder now on All Lit Up >>>