Fire Wheel: Poems by Sharmila Voorakkara
Sharmila Voorakkara’s family poems are tough-minded, sometimes angry, often elegiac, detailing the sad fate of her father who sells vacuum cleaners door to door, or serves as a night watchman, or takes up the holy life as an ascetic with begging bowl. An uncle takes a knife to his wife’s face: “What mirror didn’t throw back the reminder / of what he could do if / he willed it?”
"Don’t look here for traditional lyricism. A transvestite, some circus freaks, a man splintering windshields with a baseball bat, a howling woman insane with grief salt and pepper this collection." —Maxine Kumin
"In Sharmila Voorakkara’s Fire Wheel, we meet a cast of characters not so much deranged as charged with an energy and longing of scant use to them or the world. Hapless and haunted, anguished and angry, they dance from hope to despair…Stand back, from these pages a wild and beautiful singing bursts forth." —Gregory Orr
University of Akron Press
Voorakkara, Sharmila, "Fire Wheel: Poems by Sharmila Voorakkara" (2005). The University of Akron Press Publications. 93.