she testifies by Doyali Islam



























The League of Canadian Poets regrets that there is no accessible version of this poem available.

Doyali Islam‘s “she testifies” was first published in Canthius and can now be found in Doyali’s second poetry book, heft (McClelland & Stewart, 2019), which Anne Michaels has described as being “permeated with tenderness” (Spring 2019 conversation in CV2). Doyali has recently also been in conversation with Forrest Gander (The Adroit Journal, Issue 27); Steven Beattie (Quill & Quire, 2019); and Shelagh Rogers (CBC Radio’s The Next Chapter; 2019). Doyali is the poetry editor of Arc and she lives in Toronto. In 2017, she was a National Magazine Award finalist and a guest on CBC Radio’s The Sunday Edition. @doyali_is



Canthius celebrates poetry and prose by women, trans, nonbinary, Two-Spirited, and genderqueer/gender non-conforming writers. The magazine is published bi-annually on the unceded territory of the Anishinaabeg and the traditional territory of the Ojibway and the Mississaugas of the New Credit. Recognizing the historical underrepresentation of certain groups in the Canadian literary arts, Canthius is committed to publishing diverse perspectives and promoting equity in the literary arts.