Nine: Poems (poetry)
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Anupama Raju has mastered the right simile, the apt image, the terse line. Love, poetry, journeys, places, moods, relations: her poetry is inclusive and intimate; her verbal iconography, rich with resonances. She can be passionate without being sentimental, ironic without being cynical and economic without being soulless and dry. K.Satchidanandan
Urgent and passionate, these poems circle age-old preoccupations
of love and longing. This is perilous terrain where the danger of
cliche lurks at every turn. However, without resorting to the easy distancing strategies of irony, the poet plunges into psychologically fraught zones of poetry, perfidy and Pandora, ready to give voice to the vulnerability and confusion attendant on such an exploration. A quiet blend of authenticity and artistry sees her through, transforming familiar tropes of blood and longing, pain and death, into the burnt letters of warm, pulsating verse. Anupama Raju cuts close to the bone in this debut collection of poems.Arundhathi Subramaniam
Anupama Raju is a poet and literary journalist. Her poetry has been featured in several anthologies, including the HarperCollins Book of English Poetry, The Yellow Nib Modern English Poetry by Indians and Prakriti. Her writing has also appeared in Poetry at Sangam, The Hindu, The Caravan, Indian Literature, Mint Lounge, Pratilipi, The Little Magazine amongst others. Anupama was the poet for a collaborative Indo-French Poetry and Photography Project (2011?2014). She is also a translator and has been translating Malayalam author Paul Zacharia's stories into English.