Small Talk

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Author: Devanshi KhetarpalSample cover of book. Red sari binding with trademark gold embossed title design.
Pages: 64
Year of Publication: 2019
Price: Rs 150
978-81-941819-0-3 (9788194181903)

About the Author
Born in Bhopal, India, Devanshi Khetarpal is currently a junior at New York University (NYU), majoring in Comparative Literature with a minor in Creative Writing.  Khetarpal has previously interned at Poets House, and currently works as editor-in-chief of Inklette Magazine, poetry reader for Muzzle Magazine, application manager for the Speakeasy Project, and a Student Office Assistant for the NYU Department of Comparative Literature. She has studied at NYU Paris and NYU Florence, and is the recipient of the David J. Travis Undergraduate Research Fund for research on modern Italy. Her works have been published in Best Indian Poetry 2018, Transom, Aainanagar, Vayavya, and TRACK//FOUR, among others. You can visit her website at


Night & Back

Kashmir, you are a name
I once had.

The gulmohar falls
on my chest like a stone.

I remember
the geography of it:

how the Jhelum slithered
your body to bruise.

These are words I know
for their own sake.

I know: what so much smoke
can mean so close to home.

Foreword by Akhil Katyal / 9
50 poems

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