Forgive Me For Being So Loud: The Poetry of Fatimah Asghar

Having been raised with traditional views of womanhood, Fatimah Asghar says "I was invisible for most of my life." That is no longer the case for the award-winning poet and performer. 

The spoken word poet Fatimah Asghar's parents passed away when she was young, so she grew up as an orphan and, as a result, says she has a "really crazy idea" about what family means. Asghar says she also grew up with a very traditional sense of womanhood, and what that means in relation to education and self-expression. And so she was often silent, to the point that people would might forget she was riding in the car with them. "I was invisible for most of my life," she says. 


That is no longer the case, as Asghar is now an award-winning poet and performer who spoke recently at The Nantucket Project, a festival of ideas on Nantucket, MA. In the video below, Asghar reads two lyrical pieces, "Forgive Me" and "For Jonylah Watkins."

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