You Might Be Sorry You Read This is a stunning debut, revealing how breaking silences and reconciling identity can refine anger into something both useful and beautiful.
A poetic memoir that looks unflinchingly at childhood trauma (both incestuous rape and surviving exposure in extreme cold), it also tells the story of coming to terms with a hidden Indigenous identity when the poet discovered her Métis heritage at age 38.
This collection is a journey of pain, belonging, hope, and resilience. The confessional poems are polished yet unpretentious, often edgy but humorous; they explore trauma yet prioritize the poet’s story. Honouring the complexities of Indigenous identity and the raw experiences of womanhood, mental illness, and queer selfhood, these narratives carry weight. They tell us “You need / only be the simple / expression of the divine / intent / that is your life.”
There is a lifetime in these poems.
Publication date: March 2022
Series: Robert Kroetsch Series
Keywords: Identity Trauma Pain Resilience Family Metis Passing Indigenous Identity Confessional poetry Place
Subject(s): POETRY / Canadian / Indigenous, POETRY / Subjects & Themes / Family, POETRY / Women Authors, Poetry by individual poets, Modern and contemporary poetry (c 1900 onwards), Canada, Poetry, Canadian Literature, Identity Trauma Pain Resilience Family Metis Passing Indigenous Identity Confessional poetry Place, Poetry / Canadian Literature
Publisher(s): The University of Alberta Press
“Michelle Poirier Brown’s first collection of poetry is accomplished and gripping. In her five-decade story, perceptions, denial, emotional embroilments and poignant tenderness are peeled back and examined. As the narrative builds, we encounter the sheer alchemical power of poetry. This is rare. You Might Be Sorry You Read This will change you.”–Betsy Warland, Bloodroot—Tracing the Untelling of Motherloss