If They Come for Us

Fatimah Asghar

nonfiction feminism poetry
challenging emotional reflective medium-paced

128 pages | first published 2018

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.

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emotional 84%
reflective 76%
challenging 60%
informative 36%
inspiring 32%
sad 16%
dark 12%
funny 12%
hopeful 12%
tense 8%
adventurous 4%


medium 65%
slow 17%
fast 17%

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