A poem by Nazifa Islam

Image Description: A broken match is lit and sits at the edge of a table.

Nazifa Islam grew up in Novi, Michigan. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Boston Review, Gulf Coast, Beloit Poetry Journal, and The Believer among other publications, and her poetry collection Searching for a Pulse (2013) was released by Whitepoint Press. She earned her MFA at Oregon State University. You can find her @nafoopal.

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