If They Come for Us: Poems

ISBN9780525509783
PublisherRandom House Inc.
PublishedAugust 7, 2018
Pages128
AuthorFatimah Asghar
FormatPAPERBACK
Weight0.2 Kg.
Height8.2 in.
Width5.6 in.
Depth0.4 in.

If They Come for Us: Poems

Fatimah Asghar

PAPERBACK

August 7, 2018

Poet and co-creator of the Emmy-nominated web series Brown Girls captures her experience as a Pakistani Muslim woman in contemporary America, while exploring identity, violence, and healing.


an aunt teaches me how to tell
an edible flower
from a poisonous one.
just in case, I hear her say, just in case.

Orphaned as a child, Fatimah Asghar grapples with coming of age and navigating questions of sexuality and race without the guidance of a mother or father. These poems at once bear anguish, joy, vulnerability, and compassion, while also exploring the many facets of violence: how it persists within us, how it is inherited across generations, and how it manifests itself in our relationships. In experimental forms and language both lyrical and raw, Asghar seamlessly braids together marginalized people’s histories with her own understanding of identity, place, and belonging.

Buy If They Come for Us: Poems by Fatimah Asghar at Fully Booked online and at Fully Booked branches in the Philippines.

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ISBN9780525509783
PublisherRandom House Inc.
PublishedAugust 7, 2018
Pages128
AuthorFatimah Asghar
FormatPAPERBACK
Weight0.2 Kg.
Height8.2 in.
Width5.6 in.
Depth0.4 in.

Synopsis

Poet and co-creator of the Emmy-nominated web series Brown Girls captures her experience as a Pakistani Muslim woman in contemporary America, while exploring identity, violence, and healing.


an aunt teaches me how to tell
an edible flower
from a poisonous one.
just in case, I hear her say, just in case.

Orphaned as a child, Fatimah Asghar grapples with coming of age and navigating questions of sexuality and race without the guidance of a mother or father. These poems at once bear anguish, joy, vulnerability, and compassion, while also exploring the many facets of violence: how it persists within us, how it is inherited across generations, and how it manifests itself in our relationships. In experimental forms and language both lyrical and raw, Asghar seamlessly braids together marginalized people’s histories with her own understanding of identity, place, and belonging.

Buy If They Come for Us: Poems by Fatimah Asghar at Fully Booked online and at Fully Booked branches in the Philippines.

Editorial Reviews

"Honest, personal, and intimate without being insular or myopic, Asghar’s collection reveals a sense of strength and hope found in identity and cultural history: ‘our names this country’s wood/ for the fire my people my people/ the long years we’ve survived the long/ years yet to come.”

– Publishers Weekly

"Asghar provides this anguished specificity in her debut poetry collection, a meditation on identity, dislocation, and loss. . . . Her story sweeps wide, becoming the history of India, Partition, genocidal hatred, and timeless misogyny."

– Library Journal

"Through simultaneously lyrical and frank poems like ‘Kal,’ ‘Ghareeb,’ and ‘Halal,’ Asghar allows poignant contradictions to rise to the surface, like a lotus reaching through mud and murky water to beautifully bloom.”"

– Booklist