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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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Saba
May 31, 2019 rated it liked it
"This poetry collection tells the story of Rosemary who wants to love and to be loved but finds it tragically impossible."

My top three thoughts on 'Searching for a Pulse':
1. For a book that's just 46 pages, this collection of poems tells quite a story. A woman is stuck in a situation where she feels her only escape from it is through death. Interestingly, the poems can be read on their own - poem by poem or as a whole, as they're all interconnected and still make sense.
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Rand
May 01, 2013 added it
Shelves: poetry
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
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Andrea Blythe
May 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
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
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Morganne Gervais
May 11, 2013 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.
Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor
Jul 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
fantastic verse novel
Zara
May 09, 2013 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 Oregon State University where she graduated with her MFA in poetry. She has poems and paintings in publications including Beloit Poetry Journal, Gulf Coast, Boston Review, Bennington Review, Blue Mesa Review, and Entropy; and her poetry collection Searching for a Pulse was published by Whitepoint Press. You can find her ...more