From the Author
"People have asked me, if the poems of "Bare Soul" are spiritual poems? My answer to them is that the poems of "Bare Soul" are inspired by one's journey of life at both spiritual and mundane levels. These poems are about Life and Love, Darkness and Light and an effort to understand the purpose of one's existence in our universe.
I hope, you enjoy the poems of "Bare Soul" and trekking this poetic journey with me.
~ Kalpna Singh-Chitnis.
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Though inclined to Buddhism, her poetic myth and philosophy are self created and universal to the core. She depicts spirituality in her simple structured poems as simplicity itself breeds spirituality. Like every good poet nostalgia is one of the peculiar features of her poetry thus making it like surrendering of self to an ancient dream, flowing through a bygone era and remembering a forgotten love.
She writes the truthfulness of emotions influenced by an intuitive whiz with creative piquancy and true prerequisites of poetry from inner self. Her poetry is like mystic figures drawn on fogged window panes with fingers that readers whilst reading enter into a never ending world of perception and touch of feelings. After reading Kalpna's poetry, it is apparent that her creative being will keep on gaining immortality from fire of herself nurturing creativity like the Phoenix.
I believe that Kalpna's poetry is not a nine day's wonder because her poetic quest is towards an ultimate infinity.
Naseer Ahmed Nasir
Rawalpindi (Pakistan) 04.22.12
Kalpna's engagement is with life. In her poetry, she displays a deep understanding that our journey in this world is riddled with challenges, which cause great suffering. She writes in a state of Zen and deep contemplation. She is patient with herself, as she tries to process her thoughts, emotions, events at certain point of time in her life.
Through the medium of poetry, she looks at life, our human bondage, fragility and contradictions. She convincingly delivers a message in a subtle manner. Everyone needs to live with dignity. Everyone longs for acknowledgement, one witness to one's life and sojourn in the universe.
Her poetry flows like a river which knows instinctively, when to change course, for flow it must. Nothing can be attained by remaining scattered, one has to gather oneself with courage, and there is no other option. However, knowing, though it helps, it doesn't mean you are spiritually prepared to let go of pain and agony. Therein lies the paradox.
A painter spreads herself/ himself on canvas with brush strokes, Kalpna does that in words that immediately draw the reader's attention, as her choice of themes has universal appeal. She, bares her soul, and shares its struggles and evolution with poignant loving kindness towards herself. She seems to have internalized the teachings of Lord Buddha. Suffering is inevitable; one has to look deeply to develop understanding, insight and compassion.
Having lived across continents, she draws her metaphors and symbols from the country of her origin and ones she has traveled to and settled in. Her language has no ambiguity, thoughts flow with great clarity, sometimes with amazing serenity. I feel herein lies the strength and appeal of her work. I have no doubt it will withstand the test of time. She creates a real world, made in and out of language.
Noida (India) 04.29.12
"Bare Soul" by Poet and filmmaker Kalpna Singh Chitnis is an extraordinary work of art. Such magnificent image flow in words. Her literary creation and experiences transports you into a great world of emotions. It is fabulously molded by simplicity with such devotion to life and love.
This wonderful soulful poetry sparkles like the poet herself, expressing a profound intensity of feeling, empathy and wisdom. Kalpna's poems enchant through her being to explode like fire in depth leaving you wanting more of her insight to bathe your soul.
Capture the experienced journey of sufferings melted with love in the mature verses of wisdom in clarity straight from the heart. I highly recommend that limitless gem "bare soul" it will transfer you to the world of the sweet favorable unknown in abundance.
Author of Clinch the Moon and other original love poems. 04.15.12
I am not a literary critic nor am I gifted with any literary talent, but I do understand and appreciate an honest, sincere and beautiful work of literature; Kalpna has effectively crossed the language barrier with Bare Soul and I highly reccommend this book.
Heart and Soul of this Poet. I could feel her experiences.
Each poem is unique, yet the quest of the journey throughout the book tells a story that can resonate with our individual experience. From the height of love, to the painful loss, it is beautifully expressed in equal honesty. I highly recommend this visually creative book and look forward to reading more books from this wonderful Author.
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