Registers of Illuminated Villages: Poems

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About the Author

Tarfia Faizullah is the author of Seam, winner of a VIDA Award and a Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award. She teaches at the University of Michigan and lives in Detroit.


"These poems open slowly, elegantly, cradling anger, compassion, and fear."

"In her fiercely original second collection, Tarfia Faizullah traverses the globe--northern Iraq; Flint, Mich.; West Texas; Bangladesh--and employs a range of formal experiments to illuminate acts of resistance in the face of injustice and violence."--Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

"Faizullah is an essential poet for our times."--The Rumpus

"Faizullah's entire collection--powerful, wide-ranging--is an affirmation, an accomplished second book."--The Millions

"Identity is never simple, and Faizullah's central speaker allows us to witness an intimate portrait of a young woman straddling two very different cultures. . . . This book prays and chants and screams and hums, and it projects a harsher tone than [Faizullah's] first. Swear words dot the landscape like desert cacti and fold into the soft-textured language of orange sunsets and starfish skies. They mark a staccato of gunshots through the tapestry of memory and, perhaps unexpectedly, deep love."--World Literature Today

"This collection glows."--Signature Reads

"Intimate and prophetic. . . . A fierce confrontation of grief and belonging."--The Riveter

"In Registers of Illuminated Villages, Faizullah's unflinching poems sing and soar, and ultimately pierce the spirit. . . . To live is always to be forgetting, uncovering, remembering, denying and reviving, and with tremendous grace and bravery Tarfia Faizullah captures humanity, both her own and others."--Fork & Page

"Faizullah is an immensely empathetic poet, and this visceral, muscle-deep quality penetrates her writing."--Anomaly

"Registers of Illuminated Villages has remapped my heart. I love this book. Its far-ranging empathies. Its attention to the whole wide world. . . . [Faizullah] makes sure we are able to vividly experience the individual impact of each unit of thought. More importantly, she makes sure we are able to experience the illuminating beauty of the many lives for which these poems serve as a register."--Camille T. Dungy, On the Seawall

"Remarkable. . . . Reading Faizullah, one might allude to Adrienne Rich's poetry and her vision of confronting reality in fresh language. The poet neatly allows the surfaces of things, through attentive description, to reveal their tumultuous depth. . . . [Faizullah's] interest in modern history gives the poems a force that goes beyond the issues at hand to a more universal spectrum. Striking, insightful poems that will move and delight readers. Highly recommended."--Library Journal, starred review

"A mesmerizing inventory. . . . Mingling cemeteries and spelling bees, fables and reality, religious faith and remarkable irreverence, these commanding, radiant, image-rich poems time and again spin 'the dark into song'--and it's electrifying."--Booklist