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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Swirl (20 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845491823
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845491826
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.6 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,099,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Withnail67 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 19 Oct. 2008
Format: Paperback
This is a very difficult, very challenging and very rewarding collection of poetry.

Rameeza Mehmud has been forced to come to terms with a very severe disability in her teenage years, and this frank and unerringly powerful collection traces her journey. The most striking features of these poems are their distinctive voice and their ability to shock and confront the reader. Rameeza is not a passive victim of a crippling disease - her poems show a fiery anger and a web of complex emotions that goes beyond the received stereotype of young people with a condition like hers.

It is difficult to select any one poem without disrupting the effect of the whole, but the poems such as "Deep Under the Soil" confront her own death with clarity and a lack of euphemism. A moving balance to her outrage is her love for her family and her younger brother, which illuminates the collection.

This is a unique and singularly moving book which should be in school libraries and should be read by all young, aspiring poets.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fiona Anderson on 9 July 2011
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The author of this collection of poetry is a dear friend of mine. I sat beside her while she wrote some of those that made it in this book and find it an absolute honor to know her. This young lady has been through more than anyone could ever imagine. You can see as you read poem by poem how she's grown and changed prospectives over the years learning to cope with tragic circumstance and an unknown severely disabling illness. It brought me to tears seeing the dramatic change from then to now and would advise anyone going through the trials of disability to give this book a read and I promise it will leave you feeling that one day you won't always feel the way you do. Time is a healer to the mind too. I was going to try and list my favourite poems of hers but there are just too many, every one of them is unique and brillient and I cannot wait to read your life story Rameeza when you finally finish it. You give me inspiration and hope in dealing with my own condition and for that I'm eternally greatful and it's an honor to say you're my best friend :)
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By smith on 6 Jan. 2014
Format: Paperback
i know personally Rameeza and i tell you she is very bad as a person, very greedy and selfish, extremely ungrateful...dont buy her boook
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This book is uplifting and inspirational. I couldn't put it down. Her poems give you a whole new perspective on disability and the hope and determination a person can have when facing difficulties in life. I am fortunate enough to know this individual and my experiences interacting with her have been nothing but positive and life changing. Thank you, Rameeza.
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