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It Was Never Going to Be Okay

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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

About the Author


Sovereignty, vulnerability, honesty. --Ms. Magazine

simpson's debut is a raw, introspective portrait of trauma and healing...simpson's collection bears both the pointed clarity of reflection and the present-tense weight of emotion. Immediately notable in these poems is their precise, nimble control of language, and the rhythms take profound shape when read aloud...An emotionally wrenching and linguistically mature work. --Library Journal

Publisher: Nightwood Editions
Pub date:
96 pages
Format: Paperback