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A Nightwood Editions title, distributed by Harbour Publishing

NOT YET PUBLISHED
ISBN 13: 978-0-88971-382-6
ISBN 10: 0-88971-382-0
Paperback
5.5 x 8 - 96 pp
October 2020
CAD$18.95 • USD$

it was never going to be okay

Book Description

it was never going to be okay is a collection of poetry and prose exploring the intimacies of understanding intergenerational trauma, Indigeneity and queerness, while addressing urban Indigenous diaspora and breaking down the limitations of sexual understanding as a trans woman. As a way to move from the linear timeline of healing and coming to terms with how trauma does not exist in subsequent happenings, it was never going to be okay tries to break down years of silence in simpson’s debut collection of poetry:

i am five

my sisters are saying boy

i do not know what the word means but—

i am bruised into knowing it: the blunt b,

the hollowness of the o, the blade of y