This book is split into two. One half is about what it means to be a constant other, what it means to be perceived as both a foreigner and a westerner, a Muslim who is 'not Muslim enough'. The other half is about abuse and the aftermath: trauma, healing, and learning how to love differently. Both halves are about coming to terms with a patchwork self that is forever being split and stitched back together.
'Through this book, Amani Saeed has grown a new tongue to replace that which was surgically removed by institutional racism, loss and womanhood. That tongue will become a voice for the lost, the dispossessed and the furious dreamers of a displaced generation. Striking, strong and loud.'
Amani Saeed is a London-born American-British-Indian-Middle-Eastern-etc spoken word artist. She is a member of the poetry collectives The Yoni Verse and None of the Above and has worked with the Roundhouse, the BBC, and the Huffington Post. Her work tackles a range of issues including the struggles of having a multifaceted identity, how to love after abuse, and being a `bad Muslim.' Amani's poetry has been described as `electric,' `strident,' and `brave.'