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“To write is to seek out in the tumult of the burnt bone of the arm that matches the bone of the leg.” 
Alezandra Pizarnik

“I like Karan's poems. They have a mix of imagination and substance that's very appealing to me...“the sky must hate us/ as it sees everything we do.” I'd like to have written that...I’m especially drawn to the combination of directness and privacy in his poems, and the creation of a world within a world."

Bob Hicok

“These poems are, no bullshit, the real deal. You are the real deal, Karan. You are a real poet."

Kaveh Akbar

“This devastating poem explores gendered responses to grief, and vividly evokes the aftermath of  a process of cremation in India, seen here from the inside, as it were, from a speaker both embedded in his culture and in some ways estranged from it.”

Mark Doty, for Red Wheelbarrow Prize 2021
(3rd Prize): “Euphemisms”


A braid of unknowing I tie before you

Honorable Mention, James Hearst Poetry Prize

in North American Review (Judge: Paul Guest)

My childhood and its scent of a bird caressed
Finalist, Literary Taxidermy Award


Dida in Colorado Review

a condensed history of my father's addiction in AGNI (Spring 2023)

Portrait of a Father as an Alcoholic in Rattle (2023)

I am is a sentence, you are is not in Poetry Online

Tug of war between whisper and rumor in Frontier Poetry

Ganga, Back Home in Prism Review 

Sore Throat in Nimrod 

Aubade, Heritage, sleep: fragments in The Ocotillo Review

We didn't bury him we burnt him / there's nothing left of him / he is the earth and the rivers in Little Engines 


All the Things She's Lost in One Sentence Poems

Note: A few poems have been published under his pseudonym 'Maya'.

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