Rain Tree charts the poet’s journey as she revisits the India of her childhood, taking her from the smog-laden streets of Chennai to mountains older than the Himalayas and the dwindling evergreen forests beloved by her naturalist father – an odyssey that delivers both less and more than she is looking for.
Listen to Ruth Sharman reading a short selection of individual poems from Rain Tree:
'Rain Tree' CLICK HERE
'The beauty of an Indian bus' CLICK HERE
'Monks chanting at Pemayangtse' CLICK HERE
'City of Nectar' CLICK HERE
Ruth Sharman is a freelance French translator living in Bath. She has published two previous poetry collections – Birth of the Owl Butterflies (Picador) and Scarlet Tiger, winner of Templar’s 2016 Straid Collection Award, of which Wendy Klein writes “I have seldom been so reluctant to put a book down.”