Survival Takes a Wild Imagination


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Pub Date 17 Oct 2023 | Archive Date 17 Oct 2023

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In the powerful follow up to her critically acclaimed debut collection, poet and activist Fariha Róisín is writing, praying, clawing, and scratching her way out of the grips of generational trauma on the search for the freedom her mother never received and the kindness she couldn’t give.

This collection of poetry asks a kaleidoscope of questions: Who is my family? My father? How do I love a mother no longer here? Can I see myself? What does it mean to be Bangladeshi? What is a border? Innately hopeful and resolutely strong, Fariha's voice turns to the optimism and beauty inherent in rebuilding the self, and in turn, the world that the self moves through. Ubiquitous to the human experience, Survival Takes a Wild Imagination is an illuminating breath of fresh air from a powerful poetic voice.
In the powerful follow up to her critically acclaimed debut collection, poet and activist Fariha Róisín is writing, praying, clawing, and scratching her way out of the grips of generational trauma on...

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I’ve been following Fariha on social media for a while now and was so excited to see this on netgalley, I immediately grabbed my chance!
Fariha’s words are so powerful and a joy to read.
I particularly liked the pieces where she wrote about her relationship with her mother and their history. I felt all the different emotions and shifts…
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Available October 17th 2023

Reading Fariha Róisin's work is a perpetual delight. In turn reflective, bold, and revolutionary, this collection places as much value in inner pleasure as it does in outward contemplations of capitalism, genocide, and history. The personal is political and nowhere is this more exemplified than in Roisin's own struggles as a queer, Bangladeshi mixed media artist. I loved this collection and will be returning to it again and again for a place of solace, Hope, and healing.

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I really enjoyed this collection of poetry. While reading I felt like I could distinctly hear the cadence of each poem and could envision them as spoken word pieces. It made me want to look into if it's an audiobook also narrated by the author.

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“Did I survive? Is that why it feels like grief?” (8, Rósín)
“Survival Takes a Wild Imagination” is rich with story and abandonment and longing and self acceptance. The poetry collection tells of these in confessional poems detailing over a lifetime of coming towards the realization that we do not have what we do, that someone abandoned will always know of the void in left hoping to be filled, but, one day, we can and we will stop reaching towards the past, for the what could have been. One day, we will be here reaching towards nature and body and finally be able to see home. Something that has been hurt, something that has been broken, but something that is, all the same beautiful.
For anyone wanting to see beauty once more- or perhaps for the first time- I’m both yourself and the world, “Survival Takes a Wild Imagination.” truly convinces you, truly can and will open your eyes to the feeling you will experience once acceptance is found. Even after pain.

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Am I allowed to start by sharing the one phrase in one of the poems in this book that I feel summarizes the whole book? Well, I'll go ahead and do just that, there is this sentence: "Listen to me, I want to be a person who sings freedom and believes it."
This is not your comfort food, sweet warm fuzzy feeling collection of poems-rather the author bares it all-from pain, generational trauma, religion, patriarchy, betrayal, dreams and ambitions, love lost and culture-so much so that the poems come at you.
Thanks Netgalley for the eARC.

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As with any poetry collection, there were some poems that resonated more with me than others. Róisín's voice is clear and direct, with the sort of urgency I associate with slam poetry. A few of the pieces were lyrical, but most of them got right to the point without relying on metaphor or simile. Reading this was like having the poet sitting across the desk from me and talking about her feelings and experiences regarding topics such parental neglect, self-doubt, desire, and the relationship between colonization and climate change.

Thank you to NetGalley for allowing me to access this collection as an ARC.

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Absolutely loved this collection of poems!

Sometimes she works off of a quote or title,
Heavy topics like:

Moving on
Finding purpose
Immigrant experience
IBS & feeling your body

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Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for providing me with a digital arc of this book, in exchange for an honest review.

This powerful collection of poems depicts a myriad of compelling themes such as generational trauma, religious beliefs, and growing to be comfortable in yourself. The poet was able to pour their emotional distresses and beliefs as they gradually come to terms with themselves, and this is apparent to the readers throughout every single page-turn. Identities are formed and emotions are expressed deeply within every single poem that was produced and published.

I personally really connected with the poet's journey and the messages that they were depicting. I believe this is really powerful and highlights the intricacies of the poet's literary ability, due to the fact that I have not experienced what they have gone through yet I completely consumed myself in their words, and felt the pain as i continued to read. The balance of femininity and the Islamic faith was exceptionally done and i could feel the raw genuine emotions behind the poet's words. I would have preferred if the poems flowed into each other more smoothly, I think that would have amplified the fact that there was an intention to express the generational cycle behind the poet, and the formatting of the poem could have expressed that perfectly if more focused upon.

Overall, I really enjoyed this poetry collection, I don't often connect this much with poets but I am really glad that I gave this collection a try. I look forward to reading more from this poet and I am grateful to Netgalley and the publishers for allowing me the opportunity to read this collection of poetry.

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