Kalpna Singh-Chitnis


I swipe my fingers
and the world enters in me
like a flash flood.

Erosion takes place every time
leaving a little earth for me to remain.
I have made the wrong choice
I know immediately.

I can only blame my fingers
for not letting go of the world in my hands
blinking yellow light, about to turn red.



Kalpna Singh-Chitnis is an Indian American poet, writer, and Editor-in-Chief of Life and Legends. Her full-length poetry collection Bare Soul was awarded the 2017 Naji Naaman Literary Prize for Creativity. Her poems, essays, and translations have appeared in notable journals like World Literature Today, California Quarterly, Indian Literature, Pirene’s Fountain, etc. Kalpna Singh-Chitnis participated in the “Silk Routes” project of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa from 2014-2016. She has read at Sahitya Akademi, India’s highest academy of letters, Poets & Writers, and AWP Conference events. Her works are translated into many languages and published in anthologies worldwide. A former lecturer of Political Science, Kalpna Singh-Chitnis is also a filmmaker. She holds a degree in Film Directing from the New York Film Academy and works as an independent filmmaker in Twitter: @AccessKalpna Facebook: