“A glorious, chilling and sensual debut… India needs a Ginsberg, female poets a model drawn from Sappho through Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz to Sylvia Plath. Manivannan puts herself right in that family tree.” - Indran Amirthanayagam, winner of the 1994 Paterson Prize, in his foreword to Witchcraft

“The book is sensuous and spiritual, delicate and dangerous and as full as the moon reflected in a knife. Manivannan manages to be deeply grounded in her Tamil heritage while also subtly digesting global iconography from the Chinese, Balinese and Mexicans. Her voice sounds modern and ancient at the same time, supremely confident as it speaks of desire, the body and language.” - Ng Yi-Sheng, winner of the 2008 Singapore Literature Prize, in The Straits Times, naming Witchcraft his favorite book of 2008.

"Full of raw passion and a daring fire, these poetic declarations are attuned to the lessons of Indian myths and stories, reclaiming them in that age-old battle for an empowered womanhood." - Cyril Wong, winner of the 2006 Singapore Literature Prize.

"Sharanya Manivannan's voice has the innocence and fearlessness of one who is lost in the dance. The speed of her unbridled tongue makes Witchcraft a memorable ride. Yeh haal hai kamsini mein, toh kitne ghazab hongey jawani mein. “- Mani Rao, author of Echolocation

"Sharanya Manivannan's work of literary art is not for those who are looking for daffodils and rolling green landscapes. She strips a woman's psyche to the bare bones and is fearless in portraying men and women as they really are. They are not popular, these 'opinions' but she goes to the roots of man's neuroses, fears and desires. Sharanya is an intuitive writer to be watched." - Dina Zaman, author of I Am Muslim

"Sharanya Manivannan is a writer of boldness, the body and its blood, an elemental singing of dark luscious desires, an erotic, sexual woman's voice. Bless her torch-like tongue." – Mông-Lan, author of Tango, Tangoing: Poems & Art

"Sharanya Manivannan is the Sri Lankan womanist poet I've been waiting for - a writer with guts and passion and precision, brave enough to tell all the Sri Lankan women's stories that have been needing to be told for too long. Incredibly fierce!" - Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, author of Consensual Genocide

"I love Sharanya's poems: they are breathtakingly beautiful. They're very musical and her imagery is not just rich but has the sort of precise tactility that's hard to come by, not at all sentimental." - Laksmi Pamuntjak, author of Ellipsis

"Sharanya Manivannan can make you weep. She moves in mysterious ways. She fills in the blanks." - Francesca Beard (Chinese Whispers tour)

I savored this book over several months, and read over certain poems slowly, and over again and again. [The poems] are responded to - like the best poetry - with both the intellect and the senses… Mischievous, inspiring and sexy.” – Angela Meyer, LiteraryMinded

"Onstage, she exacts a commanding presence, her reading voice and image sensual, lyrical, literate and emotionally charged… There's a winning combination of rawness and finesse in her work that's quite astounding… A great poet in the making." – Jerome Kugan, Klue Magazine

“Sharanya Manivannan’s voice has the clarity of a diamond; she has chiseled every facet of her presentation so that what we hear is a rare radiance” - Kimberly L. Becker, Her Circle

“Sharanya’s coup d’état is really her fearlessness that allows her to write poetry that is intensely personal. This honesty results in poems that are often astonishingly vivid, conjuring up entire soap operas in blazing Technicolor in your imagination.” – The Hindu

"Truly an old soul… Her words [pulsate] with sensuality, pain and mercurial energy." – TELL Magazine

"[A] rising star." – The Jakarta Post


Selected reviews, interviews and views from the press and the blogosphere:

- Feature in KLue, June 2006

- Q+A in Tehelka, November 2008

- Event report in The Hindu, January 2009

- Witchcraft launch report in The Hindu, March 2009 (with some factual inaccuracies)

- Feature in The New Indian Express, March 2009

- Feature in Times of India, March 2009

- Feature in Verve Magazine, March 2009 (with a poem, “Surfacing”)

- Feature in LiteraryMinded, July 2009

- Feature in Sify.com, November 2009

- Orange Jammies on Witchcraft, March 2009

- Rumjhum Biswas on Witchcraft, March 2009

In Conversation With Michael Q. Mata, March 2008

In Conversation With Vaibhav Vats, January 2009

In Conversation With Abhimanyu Kumar Singh, July 2009

 
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