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If They Come For Us
If They Come For Us | Fatimah Asghar
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AlizaApp
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Really loved this powerful book of poetry. Feminist in a pull-no-punches way, intersectional without shoving it down your throat. Made me think about legacies both small and culturally.

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AlizaApp
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Powerful book of poetry on belonging and identity and family and loss. I thought the poems about partition (between India/Pakistan/Bangladesh) in the ‘40s were especially moving.

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Angitron
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Gorgeous poetry! Love, loss, family, friendship...Asghar is able to capture so much in so few words. I also learned a little about The Partition of India (1947), into India and Pakistan, and how this sudden split sowed chaos and ripped families, cultures and lives apart. An estimated 14 million people were displaced. I felt ashamed that I knew nothing about this part of history and am grateful to Asghar and others who do the labor of teaching.

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overtheedge
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If They Come For Us
by Fatimah Asghar
2018
One World
4.5 / 5.0

Emotionally deep and moving, the poem collected here are very powerful, about identity, sexuality, race and growing up a Pakistani Muslim in America.
The beauty of her words, the rawness of her emotions, Asghar is a truly brilliant mind and a beautiful poet.
Wonderful....Recommended.

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Misanthropester
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This was the best #poetry collection of 2018 in my judgment. Here‘s a short review I wrote for the Seattle Book Review that was recently published: https://seattlebookreview.com/product/if-they-come-for-us-poems/

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SkeletonKey
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This book was excellent, the poems were wonderful. Very creative and on point. I learned things.

#poetry

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BookInMyHands
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Heartbreaking, beautiful, moving, and powerful, Fatimah Asghar writes about her experience growing up as an orphaned Pakistani Muslim woman in the U.S., as well as giving voice to other marginalized peoples.

#readingwomenofcolor2019
#poetry

Weaponxgirl This has been on my tbr for ages, gonna have to try and bump it up the list 6mo
mrozzz 🙌🏻👏🏻👌🏻 6mo
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MarriedtoMrT
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Another post about books I haven‘t read yet! These two were my planned reads a few weekends ago but as with most of my reading plans (looking at you, TBR) they got derailed a bit. That said, these are both keepers!

If They Come for Us is gorgeous. I‘ve read several poems so far and each one I‘ve read at least twice. It‘s going to be a heartbreaker.

Paperback Crush is full of nostalgia and will be great to read a bit at a time when the mood hits.

readingjedi Gorgeous cover! 7mo
MarriedtoMrT @readingjedi I know! I love it. I started following the artist on Instagram (but, of course, now I forget her name). 7mo
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Sharanya
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#24in48 Hour 18: #WeNeedDiverseBooks | I read this fantastic collection of poems when it was first released last August, & I often find myself returning to these poems, which explore the poet‘s relationship to her family, her sexuality, & her histories, both personal & global. It‘s the first time I‘ve felt like I saw parts of my own experience in poetry. I felt it changed the landscape of what is possible for me to write about in my own work ♥️

MarriedtoMrT I have this one on my immediate TBR right now. I‘m looking forward to it! 7mo
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Sheasgirl
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I loved these poems. We carry our history wherever we go, and I am so impressed when a poet can weave together individual experience and world events in a line or two. Highly recommended.

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sakeriver
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What a great way to start off the year. These poems are by turns intense, tender, funny, poignant, and more besides. There‘s a running theme of partition, both the Partition of India and the ways in which people separate and are separated. But always there is this defiance of partition, too, a refusal to see people as simply separate or unified, affirming both our uniqueness and our community.

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sakeriver
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Been thinking about this poem all day. How the white space separates the stanzas. And what that does in the context of a poem about separation. And how, as the poem progresses, the words move toward a defiance of that separation. It‘s really something.

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sakeriver
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First book of 2019.

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Lindy
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A vibrant, outstanding collection of poetry—in forms that range from traditional to experimental—& cover a spectrum of emotions: fierce, sad, hopeful, raw, vulnerable, angry, playful & joyful. Orphaned young, Asghar tackles issues of identity & belonging, racism & misogyny, & the trauma passed down through generations by the Partition of India. #Muslim #LGBTQ

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Lindy
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I promised myself I‘d be naked,
here, in all this nature, but the first day
I found a tick clinging to my arm hair for dear
life & decided no way I‘m exposing
my pussy to the elements. My love
for nature is like my love for most things:
fickle & theoretical. Too many bugs
& I want a divorce.

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Lindy
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Microaggression Bingo
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Samplergal I loved this book. Typically not what I‘d read. This is so good. 9mo
CouronneDhiver Ha! Oh dear 9mo
Lindy @Samplergal Yes, it‘s great. I‘m going to read it through a second time before I review it. 😊 9mo
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BookAlongBlog
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????/5
" We got sent home early and no one knew why.
I think we are at War!
I yelled to my sister napsacks ringing against our backs."
I wasn't sure what to expect going into this one. But I was pleasantly surprised by it.
Asghar's debut is raw, honest, emotional and powerful. These short poems cover so much. From violence, terrorism, hate and trauma, to sexuality, identity, ancestry, famiky, loss, coming of age and more.
Also this cover ?

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Emily92Bibliophile
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🎧📚Definitely a must read. 4⭐️SCRIBD audio

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Tameeka
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I groaned out loud when I read Fatimah‘s “Microaggression Bingo”. I feel your pain girl.

#litsyatoz

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Thornsandrosesbooks
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An incredible and necessary read! I love finding new voices that are able to recreate poetry to tell their story.

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8little_paws
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Morning, littens! Just getting this great poetry book on your radar! How gorgeous is that cover!?

Chelleo 😍 10mo
slategreyskies Thanks for posting about this. I hadn‘t heard about it yet, and it looks really good. I just checked my library system, and they have a copy at one of their branches. I‘m going to drive over and pick it up in a bit! 💜 10mo
Reviewsbylola Absolutely beautiful!! 10mo
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queerbookreader
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Current #BlameItOnLitsy read. I saw someone I follow post about it and it sounded amazing, and guess what IT IS. It's full of raw emotion. Poetry book by a Pakistani Muslim-American woman who talks about identity, race, trump's america, loss, and the Indian/Pakistani Partition. I know nothing about the partition; all I ever learned about South Asia in school was a teeny bit about the British occupation. Googling lots of things while reading

Lel2403 Love the sound of this 10mo
Samplergal Powerful read. I loved it. 10mo
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Misanthropester
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As a pacifist, this really hit #poetry

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Misanthropester
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Wildly excited to read this #poetry collection

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WhatDeeReads
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I don‘t really have words except go read this.

RestlessFickleBookHoarder I'm not very good at reading poetry but this makes me want to try! 11mo
WhatDeeReads @RestlessFickleBookHoarder Neither am I. This author is local and I‘ve been trying to learn more about the conflicts in the Middle East this seemed like a quick and authentic place to start. 11mo
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TelevisionNeighbor
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Microagression Bingo

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TelevisionNeighbor
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I recommend asking your library to buy books. They take requests.

CaliforniaCay I just got this from my library! I loved it! 11mo
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hwestfall
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I saw this on Random House's Instagram today. Isn't it beautiful? I added this poetry collection to my "to read" list. I really need more poetry in my life!

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amma-keep-reading
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i've discovered a love for personal poetry ... the kind of poetry that feels like you are reading someone's diary versus the cerebral musings of an individual (if that makes any sense). this is definitely a collection of intimate musings.

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KariBinGut
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As beautiful on the inside as the outside.

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ReadingEnvy
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Poems about Partition and its lifelong effects, growing up in America with brown skin, and more. Asghar dedicates specific poems to Nikki Giovanni, Danez Smith, and Safia Elhillo - all poets I adore and find her to be good company. (Poet is also the writer and co-creator of the web series Brown Girls, which I can highly recommend.) eARC from publisher, out nowish.

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lovelybookshelf
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These poems explore so many themes, such as identity (personal, cultural, sexual, gender), community, the immigrant experience, belonging, experiencing microaggressions, and the far-reaching impact of colonialism, as well as the effect of 9/11 on Muslim Americans. This collection evokes emotion and shares stories. I love the variety of form and the cadence of these poems, but most especially, I love Asghar's voice.

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Redwritinghood
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I received this via #netgalley in exchange for my review. This is a good, sparely-written poetry collection reflecting on a variety of topics related to the author‘s identity: the India/Pakistan partition and its effect on her family, being orphaned, being Muslim in the US after 9/11, and femininity. Some poems are direct and sometimes shocking, while others wistfully mourn the people from India/Pakistan, her youth and her family connections. 4⭐️

Samplergal I really liked it. I read it last week as an ARC. Glad to hear you enjoyed it. Powerful stuff. 1y
readordierachel Nice review! This sounds great. 1y
mrozzz 🙌🏻 1y
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irre
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I would recommend this book of poetry. Thank you #NetGalley for the arc.

Samplergal It‘s on my TBR pile this month. Glad you liked it. 1y
mrozzz Loved this! 1y
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mrozzz
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In America they slaughtered a temple of Sikhs because they thought
them us. Here we all become towelheads, amorphous fears praying
to a brown god. Others that become others that look like others.
They don‘t know our history, it‘s locked doors & heavy whispers.

😭

callielafleur So heartbreaking. ☹️ 1y
mrozzz It really is 😔 @callielafleur 1y
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mrozzz
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😡😫😤

BarbaraBB Oh man, unbelievable 1y
Suet624 😭😭😭 1y
somebooksaround 45 makes me sick😡 1y
mrozzz Same. 🤢 @josteele 1y
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mrozzz
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This was a shocking, poignant poetry collection written by a 28-year-old woman who is using current events (particularly 45‘s ignorance), her childhood and family stories from the Partition in India/Pakistan to detail stark realities of what it‘s like to have a country one day and be perceived as dirt or the enemy the next. It‘s brevity lends to its strength. I highly recommend picking this up over the summer. 🙌🏻 Fans of Rupi Kaur will love it.

Samplergal Off to buy this one. 1y
tammysue Stacked, now off to find it 💙 1y
tammysue It releases on my birthday - what a great gift for me 👍🏻 1y
mrozzz How serendipitous!!! ☺️ @whatshesreadingnow 1y
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mrozzz
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Quite the intro 😞

BookishMe The current historical fiction I am / have been reading present heartbreaking stories from the various sides affected. Borders don't make the suffering or heartbreak any different. 1y
BookishMe This is my current read 1y
mrozzz I‘m intrigued! I might have to pick that up, thanks 😃 @BookishMe 1y
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