Faizullah, Tarfia 2018

Friday, Jan 26, 2018
with Kaveh Akbar
Produce Model Gallery



because I look like them—
because I am ashamed
of their bodies that reek so
unabashedly of body—
because I can—because I am
an American, a star
of blood on the surface of muscle. 

              – Tarfia Faizullah, “En Route to Bangladesh, Another Crisis of Faith”

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Read this interview with Tarfia Faizullah from Lantern Review:

A Conversation with Tarfia Faizullah

Tarfia Faizullah is the author of (Southern Illinois University Press, 2014), winner of the 2012 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. Her poems appear in Ploughshares, The Missouri Review, The Southern Review, Massachusetts Review, Ninth Letter , and are anthologized in Poems of Devotion: An Anthology of Recent Poets (Wipf & Stock, 2012).

I play
and replay the voices of these
hurt women flowering
like marigolds or thistles.

– Tarfia Faizullah, “The Interviewer Acknowledges Grief”

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Watch Tarfia Faizullah read here:

Voluble: “Feast or Famine” and “Love Poem Ending with the Eye of a Needle” by Tarfia Faizullah

This video features two poems by Tarfia Faizullah, a featured poet at the LA Review of Books exclusive channel: Voluble.

It bewilders me to have looked
at this piece of fruit without
seeing it grow its own blue
shroud. Now you, too, are

– Tarfia Faizullah, “What I Want is Simple”

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