is a mini book of mini poems, with special select illustrations by the brilliant artist, Heidi Cho. See more of Heidi’s work here.
It started out as a challenge to myself to write and post a small piece of writing every day for one month, inspired by my full-length book currently in progress, Medicine for Survivors: a year of heartbreak and magic. This is both to keep myself motivated to finish my first draft, as well as to share with others themes, moments and learnings I’ve come across during the writing process. For 31 days (dedicated to 31 years of living in this body), I will post a different poem and/or illustration on this page. After the month is over, I’ll compile it into an e-book available for download. day 1: day 2: day 3: illustration by the wonderful Heidi Cho! day 4: the title of this poem is a quote by Mark Aguhar; queer, brown, trans femme brilliance, reminding me/us to be intentional about where and to whom we offer our energy. please check out her work, here’s a place to start ❤ day 5: day 6: day 7: day 8: break-affirmations day 8 is special since it is also my Thakuma’s birthday! last year it was also what would have been an anniversary of a newly broken relationship. I wanted to have a funeral for that relationship and I also wanted to celebrate my Thakuma’s birthday; so I invited some good friends over to share ritual, food, and good times. later, I wrote a piece about it in my book, Medicine for Survivors, “funi-birth-eral”. Today I am blessed to know a relationship with Thakuma’s spirit and come to the funny/lovely realization that not much has changed between life and death. She is still quietly cheering me on in the background, and she is still my super-(s)hero ❤ day 9: illustration by Heidi Cho day 10: day 11: day 12: day 13: day 14: day 15: with artwork by Heidi Cho day 16: day 17: artwork by Heidi Cho day 18: this one goes out to all my bad bitch tenderqueer delicate fucking flowers! title of this piece is inspired by a buzzfeed article and comic drawn by Loryn Brantz. day 19: day 20: day 21: day 22: break-up affirmations day 22. so about a year and a half ago i was itching to do some kind of healing work, but i didn’t know what or with who. then i got the magical opportunity to travel to oakland …I didn’t know where I was going to stay but randomly ended up at SOL, a community event space and home with a beautiful medicine garden in the backyard…and there I found Free Woman who is truly the healer my spirit was searching for. Also because at the end of our first session she said: “Oh…we’ve known each other for 4-5 lifetimes…and your ancestors brought you here…and we have been planning this reunion for a long time!” working with Free Woman over the last year really changed my life, and touched many more lives when she came to visit toronto last summer. This poem is dedicated to her, and thank you so much to Heidi for bringing this magical story to life with another beautiful illustration!!
day 30: last piece of artwork by the lovely Heidi Cho!
day 31: here completes 31 poems for 31 years of living in this body!