YOU ARE ENOUGH: LOVE POEMS FOR THE END OF THE WORLD
by Smokii Sumac
this one is simply
for all of our love which can
never be wrong
In his debut poetry collection you are enough: love poems for the end of the world, Smokii Sumac has curated a selection of works from two years of a near daily poetry practice. What began as a sort of daily online poetry journal using the hashtag #haikuaday, has since transformed into a brilliant collection of storytelling drawing upon Indigenous literary practice, and inspired by works like Billy Ray Belcourt's This Wound is a World, and Tenille Campbell's #IndianLovePoems. With sections dealing with recovery from addiction and depression, coming home through ceremony, and of course, as the title suggests, on falling in and out of love, Sumac brings the reader through two years of life as a Ktunaxa Two-Spirit person. This collection will move you as Sumac addresses the grief of being an Indigenous person in Canada, shares timely (and sometimes hilarious) musings on consent, sex, and gender, introduces readers to people and places he has loved and learned from, and through it all, helps us all come to know that we are enough, just as we are.
“In his debut collection of poetry, you are enough, Smokii Sumac offers our tired souls refuge, nourishment and hope in tiny successive bursts of light."
—Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, author of This Accident of Being Lost
“We live in a time of emboldened cruelty, in a time when love and belonging seem ever more imperilled and fragile, when the basic humanity of those who live and love outside the bounds of settler-colonial certainty are once again under siege. These are difficult days, but just as I struggle to find hope I pick up Smokii Sumac’s work and find not just balm for the spirit but kindling for the fire. Laughter, pain, desire, rage, remembrance—this book is a gift, an honouring, a call to arms and, even more importantly, a call to love. I’m so very grateful for this transformative collection. We need Smokii’s words and wisdom now more than ever."
—Daniel Heath Justice (Cherokee Nation), author of Why Indigenous Literatures Matter
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Smokii Sumac is a proud member of the Ktunaxa nation. He is a PhD Candidate in Indigenous Studies at Trent University where his research centres on "coming home" stories from a Ktunaxa adoptee and two-spirit perspective. Smokii’s work has been published in Write Magazine, and under his former name (he is a man of many names) in Canadian Literature, Aanikoobijigan//Waawaashkeshi and on coffee sleeves as one of the winners of Peterborough's e-city lit’s artsweek contest in 2014. He currently shares his time between Nogojiwanong (Peterborough), and Ithaca, NY.