Poem of the Week: Sridala Swami

Poem of the Week: Sridala Swami

by Metta Sama on October 31, 2011

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A work of art is a problem

It’s easy enough to read the thoughts of a newcomer:
the one who will come without appointment
remembering circles and maps of temperance.

Down the avenue of swift and invisible nudes
a thin, brittle demon the shade of an autumn leaf
is seeking imperfections.

Our prophets always speak too soon–
you know you want to own a picture of a man
carrying a drum made of human scalps.

Give me a little more time here–
A democracy of strangeness is
a reminder that the work of art presents not an expression

of identity but a problem
‘I prefer the films that put their audience to sleep in the theatre.’
Now–
I’d like a word or two from you.


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Sridala Swami writes poetry, short fiction. Her first collection of poems, A Reluctant Survivor,was shortlisted for the Shakti Bhatt First Book Award in 2008. She has written three books for very young children, which were published by Pratham in 2009. Swami was the 2011 Charles Wallace Writer-in-Residence at The University of Stirling, Scotland.

  • http://www.facebook.com/seanthomasdougherty Sean Thomas Dougherty via Facebook

    now that was a terrific poem

  • http://twitter.com/ultramaricon ultramaricon

    “a reminder that the work of art presents not an expression / of identity but a problem”
    I love this! 

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