Chant of a Million Women

Chant of a Million Women

by Shirani Rajapakse

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- A 2018 Kindle Book Awards Winner

- A 2018 Readers' Favorite Awards Honorable Mention

- A 2018 New Apple Summer eBook Awards for Excellence in Independent Publishing Official Selection

Rajapakse explores identity, values and women's role in society through the poems in Chant of a Million Women. She also looks at the concepts of beauty and the standards imposed on women to conform. Some of the poems are hard hitting and take on subjects that are uncomfortable to talk about like rape, female gender mutilation, abuse and male dominance. She talks about power and the quiet force that keeps half the world moving even when there is no hope.


The language is simple yet the thoughts and ideas are not. They rise from the depth of our very being to swirl through the pages compelling the reader to step into worlds created within the covers. There is magnificence and strength juxtaposed with violence and weakness as are other opposites such as the divine and human frailty. These poems are like a breath of fresh air, provoking, mesmerizing and entertaining.

At our core is a chant,


like the susurrus of leaves only breezes


Sometimes it opens lips

to sing like gurgling waters meandering

from here to there, to wherever it flows,

or the soft tread of footfalls

on the path outside.

But sometimes,

it's a roar so loud

thunder stops in its tracks

in awe.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940154726495
Publisher: Shirani Rajapakse
Publication date: 08/21/2017
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 358 KB

About the Author

Shirani Rajapakse is an internationally published, award winning poet and short story writer. She won the Cha "Betrayal" Poetry Contest 2013 and was a finalist in the Anna Davidson Rosenberg Poetry Awards 2013. Her collection of short stories "Breaking News" (Vijitha Yapa 2011) was shortlisted for the Gratiaen Award. Her critically acclaimed poetry collection "Chant of a Million Women" (self published 2017) is a Finalist in the 2018 Kindle Book Awards. It received an Honorable Mention in the 2018 Readers' Favorite Awards and was chosen as an "Official Selection" in the 2018 New Apple Summer eBook Awards for Excellence in Independent Publishing.

"I Exist. Therefore I Am" is her latest collection of short stories (October 2018).

Rajapakse's work appears in many literary journals and anthologies around the world. Rajapakse read for a BA in English Literature from the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka and has a MA in International Relations from JNU, India.

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