Registers of Illuminated Villages

Product Number: EB00720519
Released: Mar 06, 2018
Business Term: 52 Circ / 730 Day
ISBN: #9781555979904
Publisher: Graywolf Press
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"Tarfia Faizullah is a poet of brave and unflinching vision."-Natasha Trethewey Somebody is always singing. Songs were not allowed. Mother said, Dance and the bells will sing with you. I slithered. Glass beneath my feet. I locked the door. I did not die. I shaved my head. Until the horns I knew were there were visible. Until the doorknob went silent. -from "100 Bells" Registers of Illuminated Villages is Tarfia Faizullah's highly anticipated second collection, following her award-winning debut, Seam. Faizullah's new work extends and transforms her powerful accounts of violence, war, and loss into poems of many forms and voices-elegies, outcries, self-portraits, and larger-scale confrontations with discrimination, family, and memory. One poem steps down the page like a Slinky; another poem responds to makeup homework completed in the summer of a childhood accident; other poems punctuate the collection with dark meditations on dissociation, discipline, defiance, and destiny; and the near-title poem, "Register of Eliminated Villages," suggests illuminated texts, one a Qur'an in which the speaker's name might be found, and the other a register of 397 villages destroyed in northern Iraq. Faizullah is an essential new poet whose work only grows more urgent, beautiful, and-even in its unsparing brutality-full of love.

Author(s): Tarfia Faizullah
Genre: Poetry
Original Publish Date: Mar 06, 2018

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