How We Measured Time

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Author

Sivakami Velliangiri

Imprint

Poetry Primero

Publication Year

2019

Language

English

Edition

1

Binding

Perfect

Pages

82

ISBN-13 : 978-93-82749-92-9
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About the book

“How we Measured Time by Sivakami Velliangiri, gives us poetry of a childhood remembered, perhaps now and then fictionalised –memory is such a dicey thing.  The poetry is rooted in nostalgia, memories rooted in the house and the mill compound she grew up in, and yet there is no sentimentality attached to it. There are moments when the poetry is uplifting, her mother identifying ‘serpents/ by the design of their costume’, a grandfather lifting her ‘to the coastline of his shoulders’. And a past advances towards the reader, the silence before a solar eclipse, the hubbub of a Kerala elephant-chase.’

– Keki Daruwala

History, with its ordinary foibles and idiosyncrasies, is so quickly lost to us but, in this truly charming collection, the poet has re-captured a rural Tamilian childhood world in perfectly rendered English: no wasted words, every line honed, each vignette falling just so, good to read. What a pleasure.

– John Drew.

In a voice that is fresh and unassuming, Sivakami uses the lens of memory to look back on a childhood that appears, in retrospect, almost surreal. How We Measured Time alters the scope and terrain of Anglo-phone poetry both in the manner in which it responds to the local and to lived experience as well as in the idiom it chooses to employ.  The poems are pathways leading back in time to people and moments that you inevitably come to love.

– Srilata Krishnan

About the Poet

Sivakami Velliangiri’s first poems were published in Youth Times in 1977 and ’78. She has been invited to read at ‘The Semester-At-Sea from Pittsburgh,’ and Muse India’s ‘Hyderabad Literary Festival.’ Her poems have been featured in four Anthologies.Her electronic Chapbook ‘’In My Midriff’, was published by The Lily Review. ‘How We Measured Time’ is her first book of poems.

About the Poet

Sivakami Velliangiri’s first poems were published in Youth Times in 1977 and ’78. She has been invited to read at ‘The Semester-At-Sea from Pittsburgh,’ and Muse India’s ‘Hyderabad Literary Festival.’ Her poems have been featured in four Anthologies.Her electronic Chapbook ‘’In My Midriff’, was published by The Lily Review. ‘How We Measured Time’ is her first book of poems.

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