Sivakami Velliangiri has been publishing poetry for the last forty years. Srinivasa Iyengar has included her among the women poets writing then (1980) in his History of Indian Writing in English. Her chapbook In My Midriff was published online by The Lily Literary Review. Her other poems have been published in The Asia Literary Review, Dance Macabre, The Little Magazine, The Indian Scholar, Youth Times, Muse India and has read them at Semester-At-Sea, Pittsburg. She gets placed once in a while in the IBPC contests. She is presently writing a fictional memoir.
the first ‘thrain’ lisped from your stories, how
as a child you enlarged two anna coins on the tracks
with the weight of the Salem Express
then tossed them into the pulp of the Cauvery
for the peace of your ancestors;