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This poetry collection tells the story of Rosemary who wants to love and to be loved but finds it tragically impossible. “She married a man with one glass eye/and divorced him the next day but he/still got his green card. She weeps now/while sitting in front of her television/watching Wheel of Fortune every night./You haven’t met her yet, but her name is Rosemary.”
Paperback, 56 pages
Published August 5th 2013 by Whitepoint Press
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Rand
Mar 23, 2014 Rand added it
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Too much suicide ideation for my tastes. This is a rare case in which the lack of didacticism may in fact be a very bad thing—that is to say, representation here seems to be a form of endorsement. Which makes me sad.
But to each their own.

Judge for yourself with this sample poem.

Nazifa Islam does have a talent for re-presenting images and there is something to be said for a book of poems which conveys an entire narrative. Maybe her next book will have a different focus.

Note that I did not read h
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Andrea Blythe
Jun 24, 2013 Andrea Blythe rated it really liked it
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3 1/2 stars

This was an ARC provided by the publisher.

This chapbook contains a series of interconnected poems about Rosemary, a women trapped in a state of suicidal depression. As the story unfolds with each poem, you learn about the people in her life who try to help her, but can't keep up with the brunt force of her sorrow.

Most of these poems are presented in smooth, plain language with moments of poetic beauty that caught my attention and resonated well. The words are full of raw edges and hu
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Morganne Gervais
Oct 10, 2013 Morganne Gervais rated it really liked it
What I loved about Nazifa Islams book, Searching for a Pulse, was that each poem told a story in, and of itself, but collectively gave the reader a glimpse of a small part of Rosemary's life as each poem connects from one to the next. She writes without fear of judgement, it's raw and sincere. Nazifa is to be commended for these.
Zara
Sep 16, 2013 Zara rated it it was amazing
Poetically tragic but quite lovely all the same. The story is told out of order so it's interesting to read more than once and understand anew.
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Nazifa Islam grew up in Novi, Michigan. She left the Mitten in 2012 to attend graduate school at Oregon State University where she earned her MFA in poetry. She has poems and paintings in publications including Anomalous Press, Hot Metal Bridge, Fourth & Sycamore, and splinterswerve; and her poetry collection Searching for a Pulse was published by Whitepoint Press in 2013. You can find her in ...more
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