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Other Published Works
Poetry. Jan2015, Vol. 205 Issue 4, p340-341. 2p.
American Poetry Review. Jan/Feb2014, Vol. 43 Issue 1, p10-10. 1/4p.
West Texas Nocturne
American Poetry Review. Jan/Feb2014, Vol. 43 Issue 1, p10-10. 1/3p.
American Poetry Review. Jan/Feb2014, Vol. 43 Issue 1, p10-10. 1/3p
En Route to Bangladesh, Another Crisis of Faith
Massachusetts Review. Spring2011, Vol. 52 Issue 1, p81-81. 1p
from Interview with a Birangona
Ploughshares. Winter2008, Vol. 34 Issue 4, p69-70. 2p.
Nocturne: Awards Ceremony
Southern Review. Spring2009, Vol. 45 Issue 2, p213-213. 1p
Aubade: Wedding Day
Southern Review. Spring2009, Vol. 45 Issue 2, p212-212. 1p
The streetlamp above me darkens
New England Review (10531297). 2013, Vol. 34 Issue 1, p158-159. 2p
Mermaids and Matryoshkas
Poets & Writers. Nov/Dec2015, Vol. 43 Issue 6, p27-22. 6p
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Publication Date: 2014
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 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 poetOCOs 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(r)sar Vallejo, Tomas TranstrAmer, 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 nationOCOs victims."