Survival Takes a Wild Imagination: Poems

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About the Author
Fariha Róisín is a multidisciplinary artist, born in Ontario, Canada. She was raised in Sydney, Australia, and is currently based in Los Angeles, California. As a Muslim queer Bangladeshi, she is interested in the margins, liminality, otherness, and the mercurial nature of being. Since debuting as an author in 2019, Fariha has published a wide range of publications, including books of poetry (How To Cure A Ghost, 2019), a journal (Being In Your Own Body, 2019), a novel (Like a Bird, 2021), and a journalistic non-fiction memoir (Who Is Wellness for? An Examination of Wellness Culture and Who it Leaves Behind, 2022). Collectively her work has pioneered a refreshing and renewed conversation about wellness, contemporary Islam, and queer identities, and has appeared in the New York Times, Al Jazeera, The Guardian, Vice, Village Voice, and others. Survival Takes a Wild Imagination (2023) is her second book of poetry.
"Survival is remembering yourself," writes Fariha Róisín, and, "To quiet the sounds of/scarcity/I had to learn that/I was abundant." I love these lines for their strength and sensitivity to the immense process of self-restoration that survival requires. These are poems that travel, titillate, testify, and teach. These are poems written by a poet insistent on building bridges from grief to love--it is through such movement, Róisín suggests, that we may chart a course towards a future in which survival gives more than it costs. (Tarfia Faizullah, author of Seam and Registers of Illuminated Villages)
Roisin's poems are more than poems. They are ladders out of lit fires. They are bodies in their gravity and sensuous movement. Survival Takes a Wild Imagination and it also takes other writers whose fierce reports from the distant shore of precious joy are a sign to keep swimming and striving towards words and worlds big enough to encompass the howls of both pleasure and pain. (Sophie Strand, author of The Flowering Wand and The Madonna Secret)
"Roísín, a queer Bangladeshi Muslim, returns to poetry after her 2020 novel, Like a Bird, and her 2022 nonfiction title, Who Is Wellness For?. Her new collection takes a hopeful approach to topics including generational trauma, self-love, and freedom, while also exploring her intersecting identities." (Kristen Martin, Publisher's Weekly)
"Her second poetry collection, Survival Takes A Wild Imagination, chronicles her personal journey from self-loathing to celebration... In short, accessible verses, she moves from shame to sexual celebration and freedom. As a survivor of abuse, she dedicates poems to others who have similarly suffered and invokes poetic muses like Audre Lorde and Joy Harjo." (Amanda Holmes Duffy, Washington Independent Review of Books)
"Fariha Róisín's upcoming poetry book, Survival Takes A Wild Imagination, is a powerful collection of poems that asks a kaleidoscope of questions. The poems are her way to write, pray, and claw her way out of the grips of generational trauma, and try to search for the freedom her mother never received, and the kindness she couldn't give. I'm a huge fan of Róisín's writing -- she's got a way with words, and I can't wait to be swept away in this latest work from her." (Ameema Saeed, She Does The City)