I’m a very poor reader these days.
I’m slow about it and have several books on the go, including the King James Bible, which I’ve never read and feel as though I ought to have a better sense of.
But the book that’s currently making the biggest impression on me is a collection of poetry by Charlie Petch, called Why I Was Late from Brick Books.
I don’t usually read poetry, not on purpose, but I ended up at a reading of Petch’s not long ago and bought his book and I find myself appreciating very much the abrupt and often unsettling turns his very personal and highly provocative poems make.
Petch is a trans man and over the past year or so a couple of people close to me have discovered they are trans as well, and though Petch’s experiences are clearly much different from theirs, nonetheless it’s a window into something I am daily coming to learn more about.
Joe Davies’ short fiction has appeared in The Dublin Review, eFiction India, Prism, Grain, Descant, Exile, Stand, Rampike, The Missouri Review, Queen’s Quarterly and previously in The New Quarterly. He lives in Peterborough, Ontario.