Nightboat Books 10/2/2018

“…this wildly associative debut from Wadud works as a lyrical introduction to the phenomenology of border-crossing… What keep the book from becoming a catalog of unremitting horror are Wadud’s capacious heart, inventive mind, and diasporic imagination…”

Publishers Weekly

“Asiya Wadud’s debut collection, Crosslight for Youngbird, is searching, extroverted, and humane… her pity is the poet’s pity — trying to cup in her hands (to make cohere) the splintered pieces of an actual, human soul.”

— Austin Adams, Los Angeles Review of Books

“…Wadud summons the reader’s preconceived ideas about form and genre by attending to the work’s appearance on the printed page. In “home 16 ways”… the pristine prose paragraphs create a semblance of order, and artificial sense of unity, which the language itself interrogates and unravels.”

— Kristina Marie Darling, Kenyon Review