Sridala Swami
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The Sideways Door

Sridala Swami's latest collection of poetry, Escape Artist, has been published by Aleph Book Co. She is an alumnus of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa.

ART & CULTURE

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Epics in miniature

The poems were engaging especially for the way large ideas were wrestled onto a small canvas.

LIFE

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The elastic line

It is not necessary for epic similes to belong only in epics or epic poems.

ART & CULTURE

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Everything comes in different shapes

Some poems were about size, some experimented with how the poem looked on the page.

ART & CULTURE

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Making sense of shape and form

Your poem can be playful, abstract, philosophical, curious - anything at all.

ART & CULTURE

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A slowed-down heartbeat

Though there's a resurgence of interest in myth-making, it appears that someone else, somewhere, has to do the telling.

LIFE

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What remains is everything

Everyone knows the dramatis personae in those oldest of all stories: myths.

ART & CULTURE

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Simplicity is key

A very concrete image could possibly anchor an abstract poem but only in very skilful hands that are not writing to a deadline.

ART & CULTURE

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The transformation of everyday objects

I bring back stones because they remind me of places I want to carry back with me.

ART & CULTURE

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The addiction of aphorisms

When I read them, I detect their structure and rhythm in everything I hear afterwards.

LIFE

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An answer in search of its question

If brevity, being the soul of wit, is already perfectly and irreducibly tied to it, sweetness provides the air in this recipe making the whole a thing of lightness.