Poetry at Sangam




Sridala Swami’s first collection of poems, A Reluctant Survivor, was published by the Sahitya Akademi in 2007 and was shortlisted for the Shakti Bhatt First Book Award. She has written four books for very young children, which were published by Pratham Books in 2009 and 2012. Her second collection of poems, Escape Artist, is forthcoming in 2014. Swami’s last exhibition of photography, Posting the Light: Dispatches from Hamburg, was a text and image experiment and opened at Kalakriti Art Gallery in November 2009. She curated a weekly poetry show, Poetry Mohalla, for the University of Hyderabad’s community radio in 2012. Swami was the 2011 Charles Wallace Writer-in-Residence at the University of Stirling, Scotland, and has most recently been a Fellow of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa (2013).

Poems by Sridala Swami

Three False Starts and a Conclusion


The Tenderness of Being Two

Dream at 12

Sunrise over the Outer Ring Road


All Music is Memory

Dear Stranger Deciphering this Ancient Script