Kynpham Sing Nongkynrih

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Biography of Kynpham Sing Nongkynrih

KYNPHAM SING NONGKYNRIH writes poems, short fiction and drama in Khasi and English. He has a total of 13 publications in Khasi and 9 in English. His collections of poetry in English include Moments (Writers Workshop) , The Sieve (Writers Workshop) , The Yearning of Seeds (HarperCollins) and Time’s Barter: Haiku and Senryu (HarperCollins) . He is the author of Around the Hearth: Khasi Legends (Penguin) and the co-editor of Dancing Earth: An Anthology of Poetry from North-East India (Penguin) .
His poetry has been widely published in national and international journals, including The New Welsh Review (Cardiff) : Planet: The Welsh Internationalist (Aberystwyth, Wales) : Karavan (Stockholm) : PEN International (London) : The Literary Review (New Jersey) : Wasafiri (London) : Modern Haiku (Lincoln, USA) : Simply Haiku (Pasadena, USA) : Poetry International Web (Rotterdam) : and The Heron's Nest (Nassau, USA) .
His awards include the first Veer Shankar Shah-Raghunath Shah National Award for literature (Madhya Pradesh,2008) , the first North-East Poetry Award (Tripura,2004) and a Fellowship for Outstanding Artists 2000 by the Department of Culture and Tourism, Government of India.
He teaches literature at North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong, where he lives.

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Killer Instincts

Gestating, she warned me
not to kill anything.
That was what her ancestors,
the old Khasis, had taught her.

Geckos scoured the walls,
rats the kitchen.
Spiders pestered our sleep,
mosquitoes our limbs.

I do not know
how believers do it.
For nine long months
it was maddening
not to be a killer.

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