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How to Cure a Ghost: Fariha Róisín

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though some poems were very personal (i particularly liked “rumi” and “self portraiture”), the entirety of the book was distancing, and began to feel repetitive for me at around 30%. If you’re like me, and often quick to dismiss poetry as a result of terrible required reading at school, please be reassured that there is some fucking awesome modern poetry available. Payments made using National Book Tokens are processed by National Book Tokens Ltd, and you can read their Terms and Conditions here.

Roisin's] writing is intensely vulnerable and through revealing her own experience she reflects so many others.Róisín is an Australian-Canadian living in Brooklyn, and a lot of her writing explores the theme of identity and intersectionality – she’s a queer Muslim, she’s a woman of colour, and she’s a survivor. It is also a collection that I have gifted because of how beautifully it is written and put together. I’m being a bit demeaning in the first sentence since many poems are not like that, and she talks a lot about her complicated identity and relationship with colonialism.

My favorites were “Golden Lube,” “Mansplain Nation,” “Rumi,” “This One’s with Teeth,” “What 9/11 Did to Us,” and “Belonging. The greatest scam is us believing that you’re better than us, when you stole all that we were and sold it back, convincing us of our inferiority, spitting on our graves. I also really loved the artwork, i think the cover and inside art is really beautiful and goes with the book contents really well.but the most eye-opening were the likes of ‘on being an immigrant’, where she talks about her father, who was detained post-9/11, and ‘how to cure a ghost ii’, a reflection on modern Muslim life ( 1.

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