it was never going to be okay
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 (From Nightwood Editions)
jaye simpson is an Oji-Cree non binary trans woman writer who lives in Vancouver. Their work has been featured in This Magazine, Prism International and Room. it was never going to be okay is their first book.