If They Come for Us

If They Come for Us

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 personal and marginalized people's histories. After being orphaned as a young girl, Asghar grapples with coming-of-age as a woman without the guidance of a mother, questions of sexuality and race, and navigating a world that put a target on her back. Asghar's poems at once bear anguish, joy, vulnerability, and compassion, while exploring the many facets of violence: how it persists within us, how it is inherited across generations, and how it manifests in our relationships with friends and family, and in our own understanding of identity. Using experimental forms and a mix of lyrical and brash language, Asghar confronts her own understanding of identity and place and belonging.

Title:If They Come for Us
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780525509783
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    If They Come for Us Reviews

  • Michael

    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 ...

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)

    Poems about Partition and its lifelong effects on family and identity, growing up in America with brown skin, and more. Ashgar dedicates specific poems to Nikki Giovani, Danez Smith, and Safia Elhillo...

  • Jenna

    Beautiful. Poignant. Raw. Mesmerizing. If They Come For Us is a stunningly powerful and at times heart-rending collection of poetry. Some of the poems are about the Partition of India and Pakistan, ot...

  • Tori (InToriLex)

    Content Warning: Genocide, Rape, Domestic AbuseWell written, hard hitting, these poems put me through a roller coaster of emotions.  The author explains how she has existed in a world pulled towa...

  • Emm - Stories for Ghouls

    More poetry, reviews and others here on my blog. Composed of raw emotion, memory and urgency, If They Come For Us examines the injustice of war and division. Bloodshed is something that shakes and di...

  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)

    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 par...

  • Gauraa  Shekhar

    "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....

  • ?*? maria ???

    “From the moment our babies are born are we meant to lower them into the ground? To dress them in white? They send flowers before guns, thorns plucked from stem. Every year I manage to live on this ...

  • Kay

    RWLChallenge: A poetry collection written or edited by an LGBTQIA person of colour. Full review forthcoming via Rebel Women Lit...

  • Adriana Martinez Figueroa

    Rating: 5/5 StarsDescription: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 ident...