This is a debut poetry collection of Fatimah Asghar. I found this collection when I came across the poem “Partition”, as a true millennial I am, on Twitter and immediately felt so emotionally connected to it. The book itself mainly focuses on themes of identity, culture, and is deeply connected to her experience concerning her being of South Asian descent and the struggle of not having the typical household.
You may have noticed I’ve been venturing out to pick up poetry books a lot lately. I really am fascinated by them, and I didn’t even think they were possible to publish unless it was the work of Maya Angelou or Robert Frost. I also want to try and venture out into poetry and really be comfortable and proud of my work, so I’m beginning my research by reading as much as I can.
Nevertheless, this collection did take my breath away. What I believe it accomplishes is that to those unaware of the microaggressions occuring in America daily, it gives them a little insight as to the realities they might be unaware of. However to those living that reality, it gives them a chance to relate and not feel so isolated/unheard as they might think they are.
I also want to touch on the fact that there’s a lot of experimental poetry included. It was an added element of intrigue I was not expecting, but there are crosswords, tables, and “film scenes” that are included.
Ultimately, this is just my interpretation of her work. I would love to hear yours and understand your perspective.
- Love, M