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Science Fiction by Tejashree Murugan

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Science Fiction is a cataclysm. Daring and poignant, Tejashree Murugan relays a world made of blood, dreams, and glass. Combining stories of mythology with suburban living, the image of Ophelia against a Walmart parking lot, Tejashree is able to draw us deep into these fantastical, intense narratives. In one poem, the narrator muses on what her grim reaper might be doing while in another she commands an army of swordfish. The line between reality and fiction is translucent as a spider web. Tejashree walks that line with confidence, regality, and thunder. This collection is both an incredible debut as well as a promising look into the future of poetry as a whole.”

— Jasmine Ledesma

“Tejashree Murugan’s debut begins with a quote by Ray Bradbury on what science fiction means, a choice that feels stunningly appropriate when you plunge into her vivid, descriptive words. Covering themes we are all familiar with, like love and pain and self-discovery and self-sabotage, she manages to do that unique thing of making the human experience feel fantastically literary. Murugan draws upon and pays homage to existing works of poetry, art, and pop culture, and turns them inside out and upside down in a deliciously thorough dissection of ideas. Her words are as sharp as they are comforting, and will stay with you long after you read the last line.”

— Ria Chopra

About the Author:

Tejashree Murugan is a 23-year-old writer and artist from India. She is pursuing her MBA at IIM Ahmedabad after graduating from IIT Madras with a B.Tech and M.Tech degree in Biological Engineering. She has written essays for publications such as ThePrint, Hindustan Times, CNN-News18, The Daily Star, The Straits Times, and Reclamation Magazine. Her poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Ethel Zine, The Bitchin’ Kitsch, Violet Indigo Blue, Etc.’s Garden Party, LiveWire Magazine, the Madras Courier, The Aurora Journal, Punk Noir Magazine, and elsewhere. Tejashree can be reached on Twitter and Instagram @earth2tj.
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