Madhu Sharma is a poet and teacher in San Francisco.
She has been nominated for a Pulitzer and three National Book Awards. She’s the author of several books, including the poetry collection The Woman in the Window and the memoir The Death of the Country. Sharma was also the winner of the 2008 MacArthur “genius grant” and received the National Medal of Arts in 2013.
I don’t know what’s more depressing, that you think I’m going to write a biographical piece with a bunch of quotes from Madhu, or the fact that she will be the first woman to receive such an honour. In her new book, Madhu Sharma: A Life in Poetry, Sharma writes about her childhood in India, her struggles to get her language under control, and her first steps into the world of self-published poetry.
Sharma talks about her childhood in India in her new book. Sharma’s parents were expats in the US and have two children, including a 16-year-old girl named Madhu. The family lived in a very large house in a very large town in India. Sharma, at the age of 5, moved in with her mother and stepfather, my parents. She had trouble talking and getting along with her stepfather.
Sharmas childhood was very difficult. She would often wake up screaming in bed, and the first thing she would do is throw up in the toilet. I think that she suffered from some sort of mental illness, because her parents were very strict with her, and even if she did speak up, they would always question her at every turn. They would ask her to repeat whatever she said, and if she didn’t, they would punish her for speaking to anyone in public.
Sharmas parents were strict with her as well. When she was little, they would call her “sad”, and when she was older, they would call her “sick”. Sharmas personality changed over the years, but her parents definitely set the tone for her entire life.
She does seem to be an incredibly hard worker, but in a good way. She’s probably the most calm and collected person I’ve met in any game I’ve played. She knows the game, and she knows the importance of every move. She’s very mature and rational when it comes to the game, but she’s also very calm and just seems like the perfect person to play with.
As with all of Sharmas life, it is filled with ups and downs. She seems like a really sweet and calm person, but she also seems like a hard worker. She just seems like someone who would do well to play with a bit more of a bit more attitude.
Sharmas life certainly hasn’t been easy. She works for a secret corporation called The Consortium, which controls every aspect of the game, including the actual story. Sharmas main job, I think, is as a receptionist, but she also works as a courier, a spy, and a go-between for The Consortium. She often gives a hard time because she knows that the Consortium is looking for ways to manipulate Deathloop into a game again.
Sharmas story is not over yet, but there is some good news. The Consortium is not in the least bit interested in controlling Deathloop, so the first round of game-play is mostly just setting up the first stage of a battle between Sharmas and the Consortium.