Behind Dark Waters
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. Read "Cartographer of the Breast."
Karen Swenson, author of Landlady in Bangkok and A Daughter's Latitude: New and
Venkateswaran's second collection outstrips her first in many ways: it is substantial
in volume and contains a wider range of subjects and themes; external events,
geographies, and mythologies collide with interior reckonings to pose poetic
epiphanies; as often as not, the poems pirouette on the dance floor of the page.
This is overall a thoughtful, witty, dramatic, and provocative collection.
Saleem Peeradina, author of The Ocean in My
Yard, Group Portrait, and Meditations
104 pages, $14.95