New & Selected Poems

Available worldwide online direct from the publisher, Poetrywala: click here.
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Kalidasa for the 21st Century Reader. 

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INTERVIEWS: Pune Mirror here. Read interview in Kitaab herePodcast interview with Shoba Narayan on why Kalidasa matters and is so much fun, watch here.

Read excerpts HERE>





  • “Sing to Me” and “Monkey Puzzle” from the manuscript selected as Anomalous Chapbook Contest Notable, read here.
  • “Poem, Sisyphus” in Omniverse, read here.

For poems from previous books, see ‘books’ tab, or publications list in the ‘bio’ tab


  • “A Brief History of the Bhagavad Gita’s Canonization” in Religion Compass. (Email Mani for a pdf if you do not have access to Wiley).
  • “Writing to Stop.” Read in 91st Meridien.
  • “Automatic Writing – Real, Surreal, Hyper-real” in Fulcrum 7. Download pdf here.
  • “Repetitiveness in Gita translations.” Read in eXchanges.
  • Translator’s Note on the Gita translation. Read in eXchanges.
  • “Stretch.”  XCP. Download pdf here.
  • “Halloween” in Dimsum. Download pdf here.
  • “Decoding Augustine via Saussure.” In-Between Journal of Literary Criticism. Download pdf here.
  • “Caterpillar to Butterfly: Thoreau’s dietary journey.” Thoreau Society Bulletin. Read here.
  • “Lorine Niedecker Condens.” Interim. Read here.
  • Review of Arvind K. Mehrotra’s Songs of KabirTranslation Review (Vol 83, Issue 1, 2012). Download pdf here.
  • Review of Mohammad A Quayum’s Rabindranath Tagore: Selected Short Stories. Cha (Mar 2012, Issue 16.) Read here.


Mani Rao is the author of numerous poetry books and a translation of the Bhagavad Gita.