‘I Am Here’ navigates the vast, internal realms of the human mind. Using both stream-of-consciousness and the confessional mode, this collection of poetry offers a fresh perspective, wrought with a depth of feeling that is honest and curious.
Tracing the thoughts and feelings of a girl on the verge of womanhood, perils and triumphs are expressed. Absurd but beautiful ways of coping are revealed. Is it a glimmer of hope that emerges? Or is she part of a doomed, lost generation?
This is Ashley Opheim’s premiere book of poetry. She is the founder and co-director of This Is Happening Whether You Like It Or Not, a reading series in Montréal. She completed her BA in Creative Writing at Concordia University in 2012 and now runs the literary press Metatron. She lives in Montréal.
Cover art and design by Anjela Freyja
First printing 52 pages Saddlestitched 4.25” x 7” 100 copies available
i'm sorry i wasn't born

i’m sorry i wasn’t born a man.

i’m sorry i pay for services i don’t use.

i call visa and spend twenty minutes opting out of this thing called balance protector that at some point i said yes to.

they give me a confirmation code and that code is CL030613.

i’m sorry i use every part of my body during acts of love.

i’m sorry i get sad sometimes and smoke too many cigarettes.

pray for me i am not where i am meant to be.

i am not whole.

pray for me, i went the wrong direction.

pray for me, i want to abandon my body. i want wings.

i tell the girl on the other end of the line that ‘i don’t get money.’

there is no freedom for a woman.

i’m sorry i disconnected myself from you, mom. 

i’m sorry i left the womb.

pray for me, i’m sorry i wasn’t born a bird.

—Ashley Opheim


‘Guillaume Morissette’ did a Gertrude Stein mash up of my poem published in Illuminati girl gang. The original can be found here.