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After by Fatimah Asghar

Cover Art & Design: Jess X Chen, Interior Design: Alban Fischer
Paperback, 38 pages, 5.5” X 7”
November 2015, ISBN 978-1-936919-34-5


About Fatimah Asghar


Fatimah Asghar is a nationally touring poet, photographer and performer. She created Bosnia and Herzegovina’s first Spoken Word Poetry group, REFLEKS, while on a Fulbright studying theater in post-violent contexts. She has performed on many stages, including the Dodge Poetry Festival, The Nantucket Project, and TedX. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry Magazine, The Paris-American, The Margins, and Gulf Coast. She has received fellowships and residencies from Kundiman, Millay Colony, VONA, New Harmony Writers Workshop and Fulbright. She is a member of the Dark Noise Collective and is a Teaching Artist for Young Chicago Authors.

After by Fatimah Asghar

SKU: 0100021
  • Playroom

    i never had enough kens
    so i made my barbies fuck
    each other or fuck beanie babies.

    i never had more than one beanie baby
    per species. they were rarer
    that way & like some ass backwards

    noah’s ark, it kept them from multiplying.
    no one with skin like theirs, freaks
    like me. lucky the barbies needed their bodies.

    in my playroom, the only place
    i could be white, whole cities
    of beautiful women with boundless tits

    fucking loose sacks of animal
    their plastic legs thrusting
    & thrusting until the beanie

    said yes, until it punctured
    balls of beans spilling
    to the floor. the ladies fucked

    their corpses until my aunt
    made me throw them out.
    the legions of identical

    white women, skin glowing
    like pearly milk, magnificent
    as they stormed the gates

    of the zoo, conquering
    each animal one limb at a time.

  • About After

    First Runner-Up, Eric Hoffer Chapbook Award, 2016

    Finalist, First Horizon Award, 2016


    An exploration of love, loss and body, After tells the story of a young South Asian woman birthed into America. Weaving magic realism and formal experimentation, Asghar rewinds through a hectic journey filled with abuse and unbelonging. Mythical creatures, strange settings, and disjointed memories combine to chronicle the journey of a woman who learns her body through the eyes and hands of others, before defining it for herself.


    Fatimah Asghar isn’t messing around. Her poems swell thick with blood and honor and shameless sensuality, pulling the reader down into the rapid marrow of hunger and grief and feral love, demanding we do whatever the fuck we must to belong to our bodies and god them eternal.


    —Rachel McKibbens, Pink Elephant

  • Reviews & Interviews

    Review by Katherine Frain at The Blueshift Journal

    Fatimah Asghar on PBS News Hour

    Interview in Bitch Media on Survival, Language, and Diaspora

    Interview in The Adroit Journal

    Interview in Prairie Schooner

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