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Heavy is the Head
Heavy is the Head

Heavy is the Head


128 Pages, 5.25 x 8

Formats: EPUB, Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $16.99 (US $16.99) (CA $21.99)

Publication Date: August 2023

ISBN 9781771682978

Rights: WOR

Central Avenue Publishing (Aug 2023)


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“Where does all the grief go when it’s not tugging at your wrist?” Enyegue’s debut collection is an ode to girlhood, to Blackness, to generational trauma, sexual assault, and mental health.
This collection does not aim to heal anyone who reads it, but instead help them confront their own healing. Rather than sugar-coated bullets that enter you lightly, these poems are designed to hurt. They are for the girls with difficult names, the boys with softness at their core, and the people with neither. They are meant for the people who are Black, and the people who are not—because we are all tethered together by the heaviness of the human experience.



"Matter-of-factly accomplished and compelling." — Foreword Reviews

Black women poets matter in ways that poets of other races and ethnicities can’t: “Black girl must write poetry so other black girls can relate.” That Black girl poetry readers matter … do you understand? This debut collection from Sumaya Enyegue, a medical student from South Africa, is matter-of-factly accomplished and compelling.

Author Biography

Sumaya Enyegue is a poet from Cape Town, South Africa, trying to navigate her early twenties while simultaneously juggling med school and spilling her feelings all over social media. When she isn’t writing, you can find her reading, frantically trying to find her stethoscope, or pretending she’s a functioning adult. Her favorite things include the color green, British panel shows, her family, her friends, and Captain Raymond Holt from B99.