Poetry at Sangam




Tishani Doshi was born in Madras, India, in 1975. She received her masters in writing from Johns Hopkins University and worked in London in advertising before returning to India in 2001. At the age of 26, an encounter with the legendary choreographer Chandralekha led her into an unexpected career in dance. In 2006, her book of poems, Countries of the Body, won the Forward Poetry Prize for best first collection in the UK. She is also the recipient of an Eric Gregory Award for poetry and winner of the All-India Poetry Competition. Her first novel, The Pleasure Seekers, was published to critical acclaim in 2010 and has been translated into several languages. It was long-listed for the Orange and IMPAC prizes and short-listed for the Hindu Fiction Award. Her most recent books are a collection of poems, Everything Begins Elsewhere, and a novella, Fountainville. Tishani now divides her time between a village by the sea in South India, and elsewhere. www.tishanidoshi.com

Poems by Tishani Doshi

Love in the Time of Autolysis

O Great Beauties!

Your Body Language is not Indian!

Lesson 1: Building a Bridge between the Past and the Future

Lesson 2: Learning Mudras in Bhutan

Lesson 4: Zero, or Infinity (Ramanujan)


Fear Management

Summer in Madras