Three Poems by Swastika Jajoo

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Swastika Jajoo is one of four artists partaking in our 2021 Editorial Residency, which is a 5-month workshop (and virtual) experience. Swastika and the other residents are currently at work on revising their final pieces for Issue 13: Rebellious Joy, and will be featured the final week of April. We cannot wait for you to get to know their collective work. Swastika is at work on a set of three poems. You can get a glimpse into Swa’s voice and background below, but please do bookmark this page and come back the final week of April to experience her poetry in full. And, in the meantime, enjoy the featured image above, designed by TSW Art Director Megan Sykes. You are seeing one part of the collective collage.

Originally from India, Swastika is currently a Master’s student in Linguistics, based out of Sendai, Japan. Her poetry is much like how she understands her unparalleled love for the local matcha latte and the longing for her mother’s spiced chai: an exercise in navigation. She won the second prize in the poetry contest organized as part of the international Glass House Poetry Festival in July 2020. Her work is featured or upcoming in Eunoia Review, Capsule Stories, The Wild Word, Riggwelter, Muse India, and Huffington Post, among others, and her spoken-word pieces have been featured on UnErase Poetry, one of India’s leading spoken-word content producers. In April 2019, she gave a TEDx talk featuring spoken-word poetry at her school, Tohoku University. She was also invited to perform with Rolling Stone India for Pride Month 2020. Her favourite things are fresh snow, old books and a traditional Japanese sweet called anmitsu.