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Arundhathi Subramaniam - Author

About the Author

Arundhathi Subramaniam lives in Bombay where she works as writer, editor and curator. Bloodaxe published her first UK selection, Where I Live: New & Selected Poems, in 2009, which combines selections of work from two Indian collections with new poems. Her latest collection, When God Is a Traveller, is published by Bloodaxe in 2014. She has also written The Book of Buddha (Penguin, 2005) and Sadhguru: More Than a Life (Penguin, 2010), co-edited Confronting Love (Penguin, 2005), an anthology of Indian love poems in English, and edited Pilgrim's India: An Anthology (Penguin, 2011). In 2006 she appeared at London's Poetry International festival and gave readings throughout Britain on a tour organised by the Poetry Society.

Featured books by Arundhathi Subramaniam

When God is a Traveller

When God is a Traveller

Author: Arundhathi Subramaniam Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/11/2014

Shortlisted for the T S Eliot Poetry Prize 2014. Wandering, digging, falling, coming to terms with unsettlement and uncertainty, finiteness and fallibility, exploring intersections between the sacred and the sensual, searching for ways to step in and out of stories, cycles and frames - these are some of the recurrent themes. These poems explore various ambivalences - around human intimacy with its bottlenecks and surprises, life in a Third World megapolis, myth, the politics of culture and gender, and the persistent trope of the existential journey (which intensifies in the new poems). Arundhathi Subramaniam's previous book from Bloodaxe, Where I Live: Selected Poems (2009), drew on her first two books published in India plus a whole new collection. When God is a Traveller is her fourth collection of poetry.

Other books by Arundhathi Subramaniam

When God is a Traveller

When God is a Traveller

Author: Arundhathi Subramaniam Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/11/2014

Shortlisted for the T S Eliot Poetry Prize 2014. Wandering, digging, falling, coming to terms with unsettlement and uncertainty, finiteness and fallibility, exploring intersections between the sacred and the sensual, searching for ways to step in and out of stories, cycles and frames - these are some of the recurrent themes. These poems explore various ambivalences - around human intimacy with its bottlenecks and surprises, life in a Third World megapolis, myth, the politics of culture and gender, and the persistent trope of the existential journey (which intensifies in the new poems). Arundhathi Subramaniam's previous book from Bloodaxe, Where I Live: Selected Poems (2009), drew on her first two books published in India plus a whole new collection. When God is a Traveller is her fourth collection of poetry.

Where I Live

Where I Live

Author: Arundhathi Subramaniam Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2009

Where I Live combines Arundhathi Subramaniam's first two Indian collections of poetry, On Cleaning Bookshelves and Where I Live , with a selection of new work. Her poems explore various ambivalences - around human intimacy with its bottlenecks and surprises, life in a Third World megalopolis, myth, the politics of culture and gender, and the persistent trope of the existential journey. They probe contradictory impulses: the desire for adventure and anchorage; expansion and containment; vulnerability and strength; freedom and belonging; withdrawal and engagement; and, an approach to language as exciting resource and desperate refuge. Her new poems are a meditation on desire - in which the sensual and sacred mingle inextricably. There is a fascination with the skins that separate self from other, self from self, thing from no-thing. These are poems of dark need, of urgency, of desire as derailment, and derailment as possibility.

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