NC Literary Hall of Fame



Down the Grassy Aisles by Aruna Gurumurthy

Kelsay Books
$16.00, paperback
ISBN: 978-1-952326-06-6
August, 2020
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"Enlivened with winsome wordplay and verve, each of these prose poems is a small rapture, celebrating 'the synthesis of ideas' as well as the surprises of romantic and familial love. With allusions to popular music, the palette of nature, and the aromas of kitchen spices, Gurumurthy invites us on a journey of the senses from 'the grassy aisles' of Mumbai, India, to a research lab in Berkeley, California, to a hometown coffeehouse. Let this collection give you 'a musical glow, an oomph to the soul.'"
—Jeanne Julian, author of Like the O in Hope

"Aruna Gurumurthy draws from ancient and modern verse–Sappho, Rumi, and neo-confessionalism–reveling in alternately diaristic and parabolic narratives. Navigating experiences of awe, terror, and metamorphosis, she enraptures a reader, her prose poems at once enlightening, delightful, and transportive."
—John Amen, editor of Pedestal Magazine

"These prose poems are rich with sensory detail, suffused with the love of family and wonder at the natural world. While Aruna invokes other musicians in her book, it’s The Beatles I hear—a soundtrack for this swirling synesthetic journey that takes us from India to the Ponte Vecchio to Berkeley. Joy awaits on every page—immerse yourself!"
—Valerie Nieman, author of Leopard Lady: A Life in Verse

Down the Grassy Aisles is a collection of prose poems weaving through the richness of life and positivity. From dripping pink raincoats, to birthing courage, to dipping into the unknown, these poems are a fanciful splash of the tales of travel, joys of infancy, and subtlety of human emotion as the reader jumps over unseen realms of imagination.

Down the Grassy Aisles is an interplay: a tribute to motherhood in "The Embrace” sprinkled with the resplendence of romantic and familial love in "Musings", "Infant's Masterpiece", "Green Bean Mash”, bathed in the reminiscence of travel in "London Bridge" and poured with hope in “The Downpour”. These poems suffuse the reader with a flavor of positive aura and the life that beckons....

Aruna Gurumurthy is an American author, creative thinker, and poet. Since her childhood in Mumbai, India, she has embarked on a journey of creative exploration and, within her short prose poems, sestinas, and free verse, tries to capture the beauty and art in the world.

An observer of human nature, Aruna started writing in a moment of epiphany just under four years ago, publishing seven books of poetry, Diya: A Megawatt Approach to Change (2015), Spark (2016), A Beginning to the End (2017), Buddha In the Brain (2018), Puppet Dolls (2018), Simplicity Beckons (2019) and Down the Grassy Aisles (2020), published by Kelsay Books. From wisdom and discovery to development, perceptions and change, celebration of life, love, and motherhood, Aruna writes on a variety of themes and empowers people from many walks of life.

Aruna's body of work also appears in the regional anthologies Heron Clan V (2018) & VI (2019) (Katherine James Books), What it is to Be A Woman, Fewer Than 500, Grand Little Things reflecting an insightful journey of struggles and jubilations on the path to peace. Aruna lives with her loving family in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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