Rochelle Potkar

Alumna of Iowa’s International Writing Program, and Charles Wallace Writer’s fellowship, Stirling, Rochelle Potkar was the winner of the 2016 Open Road Review contest for The leaves of the deodar. Her poem The girl from Lal Bazaar was shortlisted for the Gregory O’ Donoghue International Poetry Prize, 2018. Her poem Place won an honorable mention at Asian Cha’s Auditory Cortex. Her poem Skirt was made into a poetry film by Philippa Collie Cousins for the Visible Poetry Project. Her story Chit Mahal (The Enclave) appears in The Best of Asian Short Stories, Kitaab International. Rochelle was editor of the Goan-Irish anthology, Goa: a garland of poems with transcreations by Gabriel Rosenstock. She is also the editor of The Collected Works of Joseph Furtado – Golden Goa! and Songs in Exile (Cinnamon Teal). Her latest book Paper Asylum is by Copper Coin. Her poetry book reviews have appeared in Wasafiri, Indian Literature, Asian Cha, and Chandrabhaga.

  • Four Degrees of Separation

    About the Book

    Potkar speaks with the cutting clarity of a woman wholly engaged with the world. She writes from the gilded moment vulnerability becomes knowledge, and then when knowledge becomes wisdom. The result, in all cases, is the poem: clever and crafted to a kind of broken perfection’ the cracks show, but the shattered places are dusted with powdered gold. ‘If a day is a life, a word is a story,’ Potkar writes. Her poetry condenses life into a gilded day, a story into a single word, as only a masterful poet can do it, or a woman can feel it. Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta