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Pramila Venkateswaran immigrated to the United States in 1982 to pursue a doctoral degree in English at George Washington University. Over the years she has published poems in many American journals. Her recent articles on global women's issues have appeared in Women's Studies Quarterly and in the anthology, "Language Crossings: Negotiating the Self in a Multicultural World."
Pramila Venkateswaran teaches English and Women's Studies at Nassau Community College, New York. She also writes essays on gender and multicultural issues. She lives on Long Island.
Finishing Line Press (2011)
- Ardha Matsyendrasana
Imagine that fish motionless on a lonely shore
listening to Shiva whispering the secrets of yoga
into Parvati's ears. The burden is no longer
the goddess' alone; the fish suddenly gains
divinity, pronounced by Shiva himself
as Lord of the Fish, to spread on earth
a rarefied mystery.
A path opens on earth beckoning all
to trust it to take them to the answers
Oh, to be that fish! To let the spine melt!
My right hand wrapped around my left knee
moves further toward the outer reaches,
so my torso aided by the momentum
of my left hand swings further left, until
I feel utterly wrung.
I surrender to Matsyendra, my mortal
effort replicating a fraction of his amazing dexterity,
while desiring his natural, chosen blessedness.
- Sawnet Review by Kamala Platt
- Behind Dark Waters
Plain View Press (2008)
- These are fierce poems, Amazonian in their reach which challenges male territory and waterfalls but further challenges young women to find their warrior selves. Transgression, tresspass and daring are vital in them. However, the anguish of being female is just as vigorously their property. -- Karen Swanson.
- Sawnet Review by Prathim Maya Dora-Laskey
Yuganta Press. (2003)
- Sawnet Review by Michelle Reale
South Asian Women authors