Southern Illinois University Press: 2014
Review by Trista Edwards
In her debut collection, Seam, Tarfia Faizullah moves across landscapes and time to piece together a familial tragedy which presents the reader with a legacy of loss, violence, and pilgrimage. The collection spans present-day west Texas' oil-rich fields, the domestic coves of Virginia, and 1970s Bangladesh in an effort to understand, discover, and memorialize tragic events that unfolded in East Pakistan.
The collection offers a historical epigraph in the book’s first poem, “1971,” to set the context of the speaker’s harrowing journey to learn about her ancestral land: