And Then I Got Fired: One Transqueer’s Reflections on Grief, Unemployment & Inappropriate Jokes About Death
Feel free to scream directly into this book if you need to. It won’t judge you, promise! This book gets grief. The good, the bad and the snotty noses. Through a healthy mix of poems, personal testimony, bad jokes and choose-your-own-journey workbook style, “And Then I Got Fired: One Transqueer’s Reflections on Grief, Unemployment & Inappropriate Jokes About Death”, is an unexpected and lively conversation between the author and reader on grief, Black Trans survival and the arts. Whether you are currently moving through grief mode, love a good poem, or just want some tools to deal with painful experiences, this book is for you. More importantly, this book is for all of us who deserve a place to be honest when things get hard.
Copyright: J Mase III (Standard Copyright License)
Edition: First Edition
Publisher: J Mase III
Published: March 19, 2019
Binding: Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink: Black & white
Weight: 0.39 lbs.
Dimensions (inches): 6 wide x 9 tall
Grayson Stevens –
At least in my own life, I have found that people are not taught how to grieve or cope with tragic events in healthy ways. There tends to be a lot of sympathy from others in times of loss, but not a lot of empathy. This book shows empathy. It’s clear that Mase “gets it” and seeks to share his experiences through this book with the hope of helping others through their own difficult times. Not only that but as a trans and queer person, this book offers a host of affirmations and validation that went a long way for me personally. Reading the work of another trans person in this way is something that I am incredibly grateful for. The poetry featured throughout the book is brilliant, and I genuinely appreciate Mase’s vulnerability and the emotional labor that must have gone into creating this book. If other people’s experiences are anything like mine, this book and its messages will stick with you. Despite its short length, there are a lot of valuable lessons to be learned within its pages. I look forward to future work put out by J Mase III.
Chris Paige –
J Mase III, has offered us a power packed little gem! I laughed out loud at that haiku. When I’d finished it (in one sitting!), I couldn’t decide if I should cry or get back to work or read it over again. I was all in my feelings and inspired all at once. Honestly, I’ve never read a book quite like this. Poetry. Inspiration. Permission to feel. Even practical ideas for moving forward. Thank you, Mase!
I cracked this book open and cried from start to finish. Never have I felt so seen and validated.