Seam by Tarfia Faizullah

Tarfia Faizullah’s poetry collection combines the personal, the familial, the cultural and the historical when exploring the harrowing 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War and its intergenerational effects in the present day.

Readers will follow the main speaker as she takes planes and rickshaw rides to interview Birangona, learning of their violent tragedies while dealing with her own truths and bereavements. The Bangladeshi American poet works with time, locations and memories, as well as the writings of Tranströmer, Willa Cather and Celan.

These sixty-five pages will render your heart heavy in its chest. Read them, and prepare to be profoundly transported into devastating realities.

Boshra Anjum

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