YOU ARE ENOUGH: love poems for the end of the world


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Winner of the 2019 Indigenous Voices Award in Published Poetry in English and short-listed for the 2020 Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers!

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.

In this moving collection, 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.

Smokii Sumac is a presenter in our 2023-2024 4 Seasons of Indigenous Learning initiative. He is a proud member of the Ktunaxa nation. 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.

We make this resource available on the understanding that Indigenous knowledge and perspectives need to be foundational to Outdoor Learning. And in order for this to happen, we must first undertake meaningful steps on our personal journey towards Truth and Reconciliation. 

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ISBN # 978-1-928120-16-2

107 Pages


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Weight 0.185 kg
Dimensions 23 × 15 × 0.5 cm

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