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How to Cure a Ghost: Fariha Róisín

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This is a hard one to review because I think the topics and themes explored are really important (for example did you know that 400,000 women were raped in 1971 in the Liberation War of Bangladesh? And 400,000 women were raped ( they were not known and never will be known … r emember us, like you’d remember white death).

There were some stanzas and lines that were just not very good and read more like a tumblr rant than a thought-out piece of work. I can tell the poems are really personal and meaningful to the author and others with a similar experience. The thing is that those poems weren’t that great and the solipsistic emotional ones were her mediocre best.In these short and potent stanzas she makes it clear that while she's been able to lay down the ghosts that have haunted her own self-worth, loving herself back to health after the mental and physical exhaustion of weathering constant aggressions is a long and continuous process. Simultaneously, this compilation unpacks the contentious relationship that exists between Roisin and her mother, her platonic and romantic heartbreaks, and the cognitive dissonance felt as a result of being so divided among her broad spectrum of identities. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice.

To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average.I can't rate a life, and although I understood and resonated with some of the poems, or some bits of them, they don't speak about my own experiences. The illustrations also add a nice touch and bring depth to certain themes discussed in the poetry collection.

such a shame the physical copy of the book is so pretty especially with the blue pages + white text/blue text and with the illustrations but the writing was just so …. Hotjar sets this cookie to know whether a user is included in the data sampling defined by the site's daily session limit.

With that being said, most of the poems just end up lacking maturity and falling into every single postmodern poetry cliche imaginable. She seeks to re-educate throughout, such as in ‘what 9/11 did to us’ – 2,976 Americans died that day. It's about the abuse enacted by mothers, while considering the history of that abuse; it's about the psychological torture of being talked about but never heard, of not knowing the sound of our own voices because of how long it's been drowned out by others, it's about a deep empathy and respect for abusive parents who have survived so much that you'll never have to go through. The “ghost” she attempts to cure stands for many things: white supremacy, her mother, the patriarchy, Islamophobia, unkindness, her ancestors… Ultimately, it’s a book about survival, dedicated to survivors.

My favorites were “Golden Lube,” “Mansplain Nation,” “Rumi,” “This One’s with Teeth,” “What 9/11 Did to Us,” and “Belonging. The author speaks about her own experiences, and I feel I have no right to say if they deserve a three, four, five, star rating. Her hope is that “the more honest we are with our bodies and our own limitations, the more accepting we become of difference. It’s a beautiful book full of brilliantly written poems that speak volumes to both your heart and soul. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products.I’m 50+ books into my Goodreads Challenge this year and this is easily the best thing I’ve read so far. A poetry compilation recounting a woman's journey from self-loathing to self-acceptance, confusion to clarity, and bitterness to forgiveness.

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