Run for the Shadows – Sridala Swami


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I am paraphrasing two poets when I say

I am doing nothing and that is poetry.


The poems in Run for the Shadows draw you into the jagged edges and crevices of lived experience. They speak of attachment with an intensity that belies the poet’s capacity for restraint, and spill over with dread even as they draw the veil over pain. While responding to the ecological and political crises of the moment, they imagine an arc of time that encompasses both the deep past and the far future.

Written over a period of seven years, this new collection of poems by one of our most charismatic poets is an invitation into a deeply personal yet expansive world.

About the Author

Sridala Swami is a poet, essayist and photographer. Her first collection of poems, A Reluctant Survivor (2007), was shortlisted for the Shakti Bhatt First Book Award in 2008. It was followed by Escape Artist (2014), which was shortlisted for the inaugural Khushwant Singh Poetry Prize. Her work has featured in The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets (2008).

Sridala was the 2011 Charles Wallace writer-in-residence at the University of Stirling, Scotland, and was a Fellow of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, 2013. In 2020 she was on the jury of the Montreal International Poetry Prize.

She has also written four books for children. Some of these books have been translated into many languages including Polish, French and Korean.


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