Welcome to the third installment in my *short fiction spotlight* series. Today I’m sharing with you the poetry of a fantasy writer I’ve discovered recently.

I first came across Shveta Thakrar in The Toast. She talks about losing her voice and regaining it in “Thorns in My Throat: Writing Through the Scars.” As she puts it:

I write my stories for all the changelings, all the people still figuring how to grow their wings and their snake tails. I write my stories for all the people who already did, and even for the people who never had to.

Those words resonated with me, and I was curious about what else she’s written. So I headed over to her website (found here) and began to read through her work, both poetry and prose.

I’d like to draw your attention to three poems. I won’t say too much about them, because I’d like for you to take in the words and decide for yourself.

  • Shadowskin — in Strange Horizons. Along the same lines as “Thorns in My Throat” but set to verse. Questions traditional, Western ideas of what a faerie tale princess should be with the narrator’s reality.
  • The Nagini’s Night Song — Mythic Delirium. Takes the idea of the changeling she developed in “Thorns in My Throat” in the shape of the nagini, “a powerful being able to shift from human to snake to in-between forms.” This poem captures all the power and beauty of that being, in tune with and drawing on the power of elemental forces of sea and wind and sand.
  • Image is of jewelry by Meenoo Mishra. I will remove it if this violates fair use.A Love in Twelve Feathers — Strange Horizons. A touching love story in twelve parts, inspired by a piece of jewelry by Meenoo Mishra. I love how she took this one image and wove a story around it, with the motif of peacock feathers, around moments in time.

I invite you to leave your comments and if you enjoyed Shveta Thakrar’s poetry please share with your friends.