Poet and co-creator of the Emmy-nominated web series "Brown Girls" captures the experience of being a Pakistani Muslim woman in contemporary America, while exploring identity, violence, and healing.In this powerful and imaginative debut poetry collection, Fatimah Asghar nakedly captures the experiences of being a young Pakistani Muslim woman in America by braiding together p...
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If They Come for Us Reviews
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If They Come for Us is a stunning debut poetry collection centring around the partition of India and the author's experiences as a Muslim-Pakistani woman in America. Fatimah Asghar beautifully blends lyrical and raw, honest language to explore themes such as history, family, sexuality, identity, violence, culture and more. Asghar examines American culture and discusses how the partition of India and death of her parents has continued to effect her life and her sense of self a ...more
"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."
the traumas of the partition swirl and smolder in Asghar’s stunning collection, reminding us—lest we forget—it takes a lo ...more
“I think I believe in home, I just don’t know where to look.”—from “How We Left: Film Treatment”
If They Come For Us is a stunning collection of poetry from Fatimah Asghar that explores the coming-of-age of Asghar as a Muslim, Pakistani orphan in America. Asghar is both lost, untethered, struggling with a feeling of not-belonging whether in her homes or in a country where she must face both microaggressions and outright violence; and firmly rooted in a history of pain, in solidarity with those of ...more
RWLChallenge: A poetry collection written or edited by an LGBTQIA person of colour.
Full review forthcoming via Rebel Women Lit
Powerful poetry book filled with poems about growing up in America as an immigrant. I loved this book. The poems spoke to me. I connected with most of them, as I grew up as an immigrant daughter, but in Canada. I feel these type of poetry books are important and should be read. Bravo. I recommend
This is a beautiful and touching collection about homeland, family, and belonging. Poems touch on a wide range of topics and time periods, including Partition, 9/11, and the current situation in America. "When the Orders Came" and "100 Words on 45's 100 Days" are short but straight to the point and hard hitting. I very much enjoyed the way different formats are used, especially in the cases of "Script for Child Services: A Floor Plan" and "Map Home." I absolutely loved "Microaggression Bingo." A ...more
The poetry in Fatimah Asghar's debut collection, If They Come for Us, alternates between addressing the autobiographical and the historical: Asghar writes raw short poems exploring the individual and collective meanings of topics such as trauma, loss, solidarity, racialized violence, sexuality, diaspora, and Pakistani identity. Many of the strongest poems in the collection deal with the poet's loss of her parents, the India-Pakistan Partition, and the intersection between personal and social his ...more
Content Warning: Genocide, Rape, Domestic Abuse
Well written, hard hitting, these poems put me through a roller coaster of emotions. The author explains how she has existed in a world pulled towards conflicting loyalties. Partition was the division of India into India and Pakistan, it caused at least 14 million to forcefully migrate to escape ethnic cleansings and retributive genocides. During this time 75,000 to 100,000 women were abducted and raped. The author explores the effects of Parti ...more