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Rochelle Potkar
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If you are at Hyderabad Literary Festival this January, don't miss ‘Trans-Verse’ at Shaheen block, conceptualized and curated by Saima Afreen, showcasing works of eight poets from India, France, Portugal, Brazil, and Ireland.

Yekta, Marcio Andre, Rochelle Potkar, Santasree Chaudhuri, Saima Afreen, Colm Scully, Mriganka Shekhar Ganguly, and Carolina Floare."

"How does a poet’s mind look? What does it resemble when you accidentally enter it? Maybe it’s a bottomless ocean or maybe a city. A place forever churning out snippets that keep playing in loops. And God knows what else is placed in its alleys. You enter this city with your own seasons, and the city, in turn, hands you over a maze of its trails which descend deep into a space you didn’t think existed. But it was there all along like the hope or harvest, the thirst for water. This meanders back to the same places you’ve travelled to or lived in and gives a call to your absence. A part of you responds without you ever realising it; dialogues traverse to the bazaars still holding the smell of freshly-baked bread, to the stairs in the plaza pulsating with a conversation or to a woman holding the glaze of glass windows in her gaze. It appears all condensed in the moment before getting etched in your mind forever. And this very moment, no matter how far it is in distance or memory, actually belongs to you. You are its harvest, the sum of its million fractions, thus streaming between its crescendo and scherzando. Then you become its Vermeer, its Vivaldi, and its Calvino. And you become a momentary denizen of this city.

Enter a space of poetry-films and experience sights, sounds, words, which play in the mind of a poet – as part of a novel experiential installation."
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Modeled after the Best American Poetry series, the Best India Poetry anthology is here!

My poems 'Willow Witching' and 'Key holes' are included.

You may order your copy by writing to: rlfpaeditions.biz@gmail.com.
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It's joyous to receive mail from Jayanta Mahapatra with a sweet note, and a copy of Chandrabhaga, which also has a short story 'Mist' by me, a review of 'Four Degrees of Separation' by Sukrita Paul Kumar, and my review essay on books by 10 poets.
The volume had much more.

If you need a copy for $25 or Rs. 200, you can write to the editors.

Happy. Happy.
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Friends, watch me narrate 'Noise' - a short story soon to appear in the collection 'Hangovers from a Bombay debacle'. Thank you, kalArt.

Comments, most welcome.

https://goo.gl/HBVCUa
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‘Life and death in an unequal world’ – as Shafey Kidwai contemplates on war and literature around it, he mentions my poem ‘War Specials’ too in The Hindu.

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The new year brings a review of 'Paper Asylum' in the New Indian Express, by Kakoli Mukherjee.
The New Indian Express
The New Indian Express
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As I get ready for a poetry workshop for the 3-day Ahmedabad Design Fest with Neha Bahuguna, here's remembering the beautiful morning spent reading poems on Climate Change at Mahindra before a conference on Climate Change, ESG & Business Strategy.

(Thank you Madhu for sharing your poem.)

https://adf.glsid.org/

#design #poetry #climatechange
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'To Daraza' my poem - winner of the Norton Girault Literary Prize in Poetry 2018 is out at Barley South Review.

For those of you who wanted it.

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Barely South Review
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My Australian visit for APWT, Griffith Uni., Gold Coast and the Federal Free Writer's Festival was very fulfilling.
A good laugh over my poem 'Gathering' (Four Degrees of Separation).
Enriching panel discussions.
My key note speech, well-received. Books sold out. What more to ask.
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Come join us at Panel 21: Talking poetry: Our favourite and most inspiring poets with Ravi Shankar, Samuel Wagan Watson, and moderated by Jude Aquilina.

10-11:15 am
Friday, 7th December 2018
Griffith University

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