Mukta Sambrani

Mukta Sambrani was born and raised in India where she taught English and worked as a freelance journalist. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. Her two books of poetry are: The Woman in this room isn’t lonely, published by Writer’s Workshop in 1997 and Broomrider’s book of the dead, Poetrywala, 2015. Mukta’s work has appeared in anthologies such as Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian poets, 60 Indian Poets, We Speak in Changing Languages, The Dance of the Peacock, Suvarnarekha and others.
Mukta lives in the San Francisco Bay Area where she is a school administrator.

  • Broomrider’s book of the dead

    About the Book

    Mukta Sambrani’s The woman in this room isn’t lonely is a book of surprising intensity and imagination. Sambrani has a lyricism and fanciful imagination seldom seen in English-language poetry in recent decades. A poem about a man and woman in bed is anything but sentimental. Sambrani’s economy, independence of mind, hard-headedness and irony combine into a rapidly dramatic scene, which within twelve lines becomes grotesquely comic…By now there is a tradition in Indian poems of the coming of poetry as something mysterious. Sambrani’s version is totally unexpected. Bruce King, Modern Indian Poetry in English. Mukta Sambrani’s poems in Broomrider’s book of the dead are notable for their extreme strangeness. The book-length sequence is presented as the working manuscript of its fictional protagonist, Anna Albuquar, whose project is to ‘renegotiate the idea of authorship.’ There are asides, hesitations, false starts, instructions to the reader, and throughout, a steadfast regard for language. Jeet Thayil in Fulcrum and Bloodaxe book of contemporary Indian poets Broomrider’s Book of the Dead…is experimental in every sense… a crowded collage and an eloquent concoction that will make you look up all the references it states or implies…Sambrani said that her protagonist was obsessed with capturing memory “beyond constraints of time and place, beyond decay, illness and the failing of the body. She is obsessed with writing about writing. I am curious about the architecture of our experience. As we move toward a world that is hyper-digitised, our psyches become more and more of an orchestration of fragments of media, sights, sounds, words and visuals. Anna’s writing leans back to lean forward. It captures the history of writing through writing in a world that constructs itself out of fragments of media.Lora Tomas in The Sunday Guardian