Sujatha won her first poetry competition aged 8 with a poem about her father, a superhero and village doctor who used to visit his patients flying through the air in his 70’s flares. However, to his disappointment she didn’t follow in his footsteps and ran off to art school and joined a rock n’ roll band instead. She has been song writing, recording and performing with the band Satsangi for 20 years and holds a 1st class honours degree and MA in the visual arts. By day she is a Holistic Health Practitioner and integrates poetry into her yoga classes and retreats. For more information on Sujatha, and to buy her book directly from her, please visit: www.sujathamenon.com
'The Glass Puddle' by Sujatha Menon
Paperback, 210 x 148mm, 140 pages
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The Glass Puddle is a collection of poems that reflect the lived experience of in-between places: India - Little India - Little Britain - Britain.
Look at the features swimming
about your face.
Jump on them,
splash them off
and start again.
This collection contains both power and vulnerability in equal measure which makes us root for the poet as she reflects on her cultural identity, offering us memories perfectly described as ‘shiny morsels.’ Startling imagery awaits us as we are invited to view her grandmother’s village, ‘a place that hangs in the clouds but is equally of the earth’; where the well in the kitchen contains ‘a thousand silver fish’ and stories are ‘boiled into their milky essence’ and offered as a welcome to visitors. It’s a delicate and hard-hitting volume. Beautiful.
— Sally Tissington, Writer & Artist
A wonderful first collection where we are transported across decades from Kerala ‘…waiting/ for the sun to shine its secrets/ and through the saris/ of old aunts’ to Wigan’s ‘Little India’; from ‘wedding season’ where ‘arranged love is in the air’ to ‘the village green’. These vibrant and examining poems are a wild assortment exploring dual heritage and you will believe Menon when she says ‘I am not homeless/ I have many fixed abodes’.
— Sue Johns, Poet & Performer