it was never going to be okay, jaye simpson

Title: it was never going to be okay
Author: jaye simpson
Publisher: Nightwood Editions
Published: 2020
Pages: 112
Format: Paperback

This book was a donation from the publisher.

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 

(Text from Harbour Publishing.)

Published by Gender Community Lending Library

We lend trans and queer books to people across the UK, with a focus on academic research.

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