Marianna’s Beauty Salon

Marianna’s Beauty Salon

“In Marianna’s Beauty Salon, a daughter-witness records the lifelong trades and private tolls of immigration: promise passed down to children who sing the songs of the new land, learning the charm and violence of strange streets. These poems travel memory’s vast landscapes and never quite get over love’s ability to simultaneously wound and sustain us. … Rehman’s poems are about home—the ones we inherit, flee. The homes we lose and still carry, and the homes we become for each other.”  — Kamilah Aisha Moon, author of Starshine & Clay and She Has a Name

Bushra Rehman’s debut collection singes in its interrogation of the American dream… These sly, adept poems work through circumstances under threat with audacity, humor, and wonder. Rehman offers a new kind of fairy tale… surreal yet rooted in harsh, ugly modern realities. Simply and profoundly, her book is a love poem for Muslim girls, Queens, and immigrants making sense of their foreign home–and surviving. — Joseph O. Legaspi, author of Threshold and Imago

In this soulful ethnography, every word seems to carry a heartbeat, a breath… What a privilege it is, to be invited to these door fronts by such an eloquent voice. — Bao Phi, author of Song I Sing and Thousand Star Hotel

These poems are ablaze with memory, desire, history… a book of maps that trace places vanishing and places becoming. … Sensual, blustery, bold, they make “a rough map of light,” where even the daily burns miraculously….  — Aracelis Girmay, Kingdom Animalia and the black maria

“Bushra’s stories of runaway desi girls leaving Queens and hitchhiking the country, queer brown love and heartbreak, are as necessary to me as water. Her writing narrates the inner and outer lives of immigrant desi communities with fierce, delicate beauty, remembering the Halal butchers, the illegal Zeenat Aman tapes for sale and always, the women other writers forget or never see in the first place. Rehman’s poems are prayers of remembrance shot with lyrical power.” — Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Consensual Genocide

“To all the girls of color who think poetry is a white thing: Buy Bushra’s book now! You’ll find — like I did — that Bushra’s poetry is about us and our lives in the city and our mother’s dreams and our longing for love. Her poems will make you laugh and they’ll make you want to call home and cry. When Audre Lorde said poetry isn’t a luxury, she surely had Bushra’s work in mind. You’ll wish you could download these verses to your computer and burn a CD for every woman out there.” — Daisy Hernandez

“Bushra is a little bundle of magic. Her poetry transports you from the dreary world into a colorful, surreal, emotional, and heartfelt place — she makes you wish you were home, and home is wherever she is. She can talk story you all the way from Corona to Pakistan with her insight, humor, and wisdom — and you’ll be grateful the ride.” — Ishle Yi Park

“Bushra’s a riot. She’ll make you pee in your pants.” — Samira Qureshi