Geography of Tongues

by Shikha Malaviya


Paperback, 96 Pages, 6.6 x 9 in
Publication Date: December 2013
ISBN: 978-09860652-0-0

“This is quicksilver, effervescent poetry, borne headlong on a strong impulse.” 
Keki N. Daruwalla, poet & writer, Sahitya Akademi award winner

“ Shikha’s poems are fresh and intimate, talking to each one of us in our own different tongues.”
K. Satchidanandan, poet & writer, Sahitya Akademi award winner

“This collection is a whole-heartedly enthusiastic debut.”
Sudeep Sen, editor, The HarperCollins Book of English Poetry

“Shikha Malaviya’s clever and inventive poems inhabit the contested space where Western culture collides with Hindu mythology, in a resplendent crash of forms that range from prose poems to lyrical litanies, all of them deeply felt and elegantly crafted.” 
Ravi Shankar, Executive Director, Drunken Boat

“This is a lambent, heart-wrenching debut collection. Passionately attentive and formally audacious, Malaviya swings between the horrific, the humorous and the humane: she delights with the play of languages.”
Priya Sarukkai Chabria, author, Not Springtime Yet

The poems in Geography of Tongues traverse terrains of continents, cultures, histories and languages through a range of poetic forms, from prose to the lyric. A fusion of East and West, Malaviya’s verse travels through England, India and the United States.

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