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Seam

Seam The poems in this captivating collection weave beauty with violence the personal with the historic as they recount the harrowing experiences of the two hundred thousand female victims of rape and tor

  • Title: Seam
  • Author: Tarfia Faizullah
  • ISBN: 9780809333257
  • Page: 291
  • Format: Paperback
  • The poems in this captivating collection weave beauty with violence, the personal with the historic as they recount the harrowing experiences of the two hundred thousand female victims of rape and torture at the hands of the Pakistani army during the 1971 Liberation War As the child of Bangladeshi immigrants, the poet in turn explores her own losses, as well as the compleThe poems in this captivating collection weave beauty with violence, the personal with the historic as they recount the harrowing experiences of the two hundred thousand female victims of rape and torture at the hands of the Pakistani army during the 1971 Liberation War As the child of Bangladeshi immigrants, the poet in turn explores her own losses, as well as the complexities of bearing witness to the atrocities these war heroines endured.Throughout the volume, the narrator endeavors to bridge generational and cultural gaps even as the victims recount the horror of grief and personal loss As we read, we discover the profound yet fragile seam that unites the fields, rivers, and prisons of the 1971 war with the poet s modern day hotel, or the tragic death of a loved one with the holocaust of a nation.Moving from West Texas to Dubai, from Virginia to remote villages in Bangladesh and back again, the narrator calls on the legacies of Willa Cather, C sar Vallejo, Tomas Transtr mer, and Paul Celan to give voice to the voiceless Fierce yet loving, devastating and magical at once, Seam is a testament to the lingering potency of memory and the bravery of a nation s victims Winner, Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award, 2014 Winner, Binghamton University Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award, 2015

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    1. “They tossed—me—river—me—you want the splayed heartof another’s hand clasping yours, to knowif cruelty exists, or if it is only love’s threadbaredesperation—river—me—river—me—me—”In 1971, the Bangladesh Liberation War occurred after Pakistani military committed war crimes against Bengali nationalist that wished to leave the then, East Pakistan. It was a horrendous time for people living in the area, thousands of innocents died, millions were internally displaced, mill [...]

    2. Faizullah's poems about the birangona –– Bangladeshi women raped by Pakistani soldiers during the 1971 Liberation War for the independence of Bangaldesh –– are as urgent as they are beautiful. The collection is organized around Faizullah's trip to Bangaldesh to interview the birangona, a choice that gives the collection the dramatic tension of a narrative and presents the interviews poems as the dark heart of Faizullah's journey. The poems are also written like palimpsests over the subte [...]

    3. Tarfia came to SLCC for an event. I heard her give a talk about researching and writing the poems in this collection. This collection has a strong narrative arc. Unlike many other collections I've read, I pretty much sat down and read the whole thing cover to cover. The collection is quite compelling as it is about the systematic rape of women during war. She interviewed women and many of the poems are structured like interviews.The collection is quite compelling, both on the level of the line, [...]

    4. I will be revisiting this book again soon. I bought it after seeing the author at a reading where she discussed her upcoming book. I knew I needed to read Seam.I was blown away by her use of imagery, and the connections between the different definitions of "seam."She shows us how things that are definitively not fabric are nonetheless more like fabric than I suspected. She pulls in the images of long, flowing saris, and the various textures that she encounters. She also focuses on the role of bo [...]

    5. I am not a poetry person. However, I decided to expand my reading. This is the first actual book of poetry that I have read in about five years. I liked it, I did not love it, some poems were haunting and sad, some I did not understand, but overall I am glad that I took the time to read them. Her poetry is written for the people/specifically the women of East Pakistan the Bengali civilians. In 1971 West Pakistan launched a military operation--this resulted in the succession of East Pakistan whic [...]

    6. 1971On March 26, 1971, West Pakistan launched a military operation in East Pakistan against Bengali civilians, students, intelligentsia, and armed personnel who were demanding separation of the East from the West. The war resulted in secession of East Pakistan, which became the independent nation of Bangladesh. According to Bangladeshi sources, two hundred thousand women were raped, and over 3 million people were killed.Interview with a BirangonaAll I knew was underground: bodies piled on bodies [...]

    7. Seam is an intense poetry collection that mixes history with personal relations. Going back to 1971 and the Liberation War in Bangladesh, Faizullah starts off her collection in a brutal – and honest – way, stating in her poem 1971 how two hundred thousand women were raped, and over three million people killed. At this point, I was taken aback by what I had just read. I did not know of the Bangladesh Liberation War, and will how many were killed and raped, I am shocked that this is the first [...]

    8. Faizullah weaves her own voice with texts she is reading and the voices of Birangona to create a chorus of intertextuality in this narrative. She uses point of view sometimes to proximate and sometimes to distance the reader at her will. Her poetry is language of the body, of the river, and it courageously faces a dark past to give strength to the memories and experiences of the Birangona, lest they be forgotten or repeated. Faizullah's work in Seam is a whole greater than the sum of its parts-- [...]

    9. Faizullah's Seam explores the seam created by past history, trauma, family, and the security we wrap around ourselves in the present post. Through a series of interviews with rape victims of the 1971 liberation war in Bangladesh, Faizullah weaves a moving group of question/response poems in which she delicately and powerfully opens the experiences of the victims. Throughout the collection, the speaker inserts herself with honesty that is both unforgiving and bold, even often calling her own rhet [...]

    10. Commenting on her collection of poetry, Seam, the First Book Award in the Crab Orchard Series in poetry, Tarfia Faizullah says: “I don’t believe that there is an art that can ever render something as unreasonable and as violent as human suffering. I tried to write a book that acknowledges the limitations of that rendering as much as it is helpless before those ‘images of the atrocious’ and the ways in which those images are forgotten even as they continue to haunt us.”Her poetry is mel [...]

    11. Seam is not light reading. I knew this before I opened the book, so I was expecting to be gut wrenched from the very beginning. Faizullah flipped these expectations by easing into her material. I really appreciated how she held the mundane regularity of life next to horrific events, war, murder, the rape of hundreds of thousands of women. She did not rub my nose in the horror--she rubbed my nose in the way I talk to my mom on the phone in the same hour that I learn about these horrors. This made [...]

    12. In its movement between portraits of family members, poetic interpretations of interviews of women and raped in the partition of Pakistan, and self-interrogations of the interviewer--a sister, daughter, and granddaughter visiting Bangladesh from West Texas--Tarfia does amazing things. / And I'm saying this despite a total aversion to the "well-crafted" lyric narrative poem. / This is a drastically insufficient note.

    13. While Faizullah definitely does some creative things in her book, I did not find myself invested. Most of her poems seemed relatively the same to me. While she deals with heavy subject matter and might just need to write many poems about the same subject to deal with it, I felt there could have been more variety, perhaps looking into different aspects of the same subject. She's definitely a talented poet, though.

    14. The sonnet cycle "Reading Celan at the Liberation War Museum" is extraordinary for the control Faizullah exerts over her material; how she destabilizes the form over a series of sonnets as if to reflect the speaker's internal state and then re-stabilizes the form by the final section; the smooth integration of Celan's lines into her own work; her delicate touch with explosive material. The entire collection is finely worked, but "Reading Celan" is beyond first-rate.

    15. These poems of witness open the dark seams of the civil war in what was to become the country of Bangladesh. Exploring the fate of women who were raped during the conflict, Faizullah walks the thin, sharp edge between horror and beauty, peeling back both the hope and the despair of war's inheritance.

    16. I wish I could give this more than five stars. My favorite poetry books are constantly changing but this one has stayed at the top of my list since I finished it over a month ago. Tarfia Faizullah is a gift to poetry and I feel lucky to have read this book, that's how much I love it.

    17. A beautiful, heartbreaking collection of poetry. Reading this the first time through is like walking through a hurricane – when you make it to the end, you feel like you've been through something and have been altered because of it. Tarfia Faizullah is incredible, and this collection is stunning.

    18. I read this in one sitting and lost count of my tears. Faizullah treats the memories of others with perfect grace. She gives shame, grief, and the beauty that lives between shadows the respect they deserve.

    19. So smart and lyrical and self-reflexive: "It's when / she begins to write about it in third person, / as though it was that simple / to unnail myself from my own body."

    20. this collection is so necessary and speaking so many truthsis collection also reminded me of Bhanu Kapil's The Vertical Interrogation of Strangers but are both very different and wonderful.

    21. This is as important a piece of politics as it is of poetry. Seam is an outstanding addition to poetry of witness. Tarfia Faizullah is one to be watched.

    22. this 80 page book of poetry was a mixture of passionate beauty and violence. the poetry wasw well written and for the poetry lover this is a must read.

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