Title: If They Come For Us
Author: Fatimah Asghar
Published: July 15, 2018
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Total Pages: 128 pages
Topics Include: Immigration, Genocide, Rape, Growth, Sexuality and more.
Amazon Synopsis: 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.
I was looking for poetry books on Amazon and ended up coming across If They Come For Us By Fatimah Asghar. Of course I had to go to look for this book at the library — lucky for me they had the book and I quickly placed it on hold. The book was created by Fatimah Asghar and she is a poet, creator of an Emmy nominated web series and a Pakistani Muslim woman. She created this poetry book to speak about her life as an immigrant, an orphan and a Pakistani Muslim woman. Let’s begin talking about this book in detail while sharing my thoughts.
My favorite poem:
"you’re kashmiri until they burn your home. take your orchards. stake a different flag. until no one remembers the road that brings you back. you’re indian until they draw a border through punjab. until the british captains spit paki as they sip your chai, add so much foam you can’t taste home. you’re seraiki until your classmates ask what that is. then you’re indian again.”
I read this book in a day and could not seem to put it down. I enjoy poetry that is raw, surprising, and educational. I was able to learn about the war that took place in Pakistan and how people were effected specifically the author. She told her story through poetry which is what made this poetry raw and emotional. There were visuals, language and a tone that made you be in the moment with the author. Her parents passed, her country is no longer her country, and she is trying to figure out who she is. I felt the emotions that she felt when she told an different experiences.
Some of the poetry I did not feel connected to but overall the poetry book was daring and thought provoking. I felt connected to her explicit poetry the most because of the language she used to talk about a specific topic. I ended the book feeling that I had a better understanding of Asghar’s life, what immigration is like for people, and how the author did not let her experiences define her but defined herself instead. If you are someone that wants to read poetry about an immigrant that was trying to find her place in America. Get this book. If you want to read poetry about someone that faced mental and physical abuse but overcame it. Get this book. If you are just someone who wants to gain a new perspective through poetry. Get this book. Overall, I am glad that the library had this book and it can give you the mindset that everyone is a walking novel.
You can find this book at: https://amzn.to/2NvzGzD
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