Shabdaguchha, Issue 59_60
Shabdaguchha: Logo2 edited by: Hassanal Abdullah issue: 59/60








    Contributors:


    Poetry and Essays:

    
    Hassanal Abdullah 
    Roni Adhikari 
    Kayes Ahmed 
    Rassel Ahmed 
    Chak Amitava 
    Pallav Bandyopadhayay 
    Stanley H. Barkan 
    Nicholas Birns 
    Jyotirmoy Datta 
    Jyotiprakash Dutta 
    Caroline Gill 
    Nirmolendu Goon 
    Clinton Van Inman 
    John McLeod 
    Manas Paul 
    Matin Raihan 
    Hasan Sabbir 
    Naznin Seamon 
    Amiyakumar Sengupta 
    
    


    Letters to the Editor:
    Maria Bennett 
    Laura Boss 
    Stephen Cipot 
    Joan Digby 
    John Digby 
    Arthur Dobrin 
    Kristine Doll 
    Maria Mazziotti Gillan 
    Adel Gogy 
    Mary Gogy 
    Mike Graves 
    Leigh Harrison 
    Yvette Neisser Moreno 
    Marsha Solomon 
    Tino Villanueva 
    Bill Wolak
    
    


    Letters to the Editor:
    Babette Albin 
    Chandan Anwar 
    Mansur Aziz 
    Laura Boss 
    Rumana Gani 
    David Gershator 
    Caroline Gill 
    Isaac Goldemberg
    Zahirul Hasan 
    Omar Faruque Jibon 
    Gholam Moyenuddin 
    Hasan Sabbir 
    Subir Sarkar 
    Tabrish Sarker 
    Bikul Hossain Rojario
    
    
    


    Cover Art:

    Ekok Soubir





Poetry magazine publication, however, is rarely an easy option these days. The production of a vibrant international journal that embraces the finest work of new and established poets from east and west is no mean feat. Shabdaguchha has had many highlights thus far, including the editor’s innovative Swatantra Sonnet form. A recent personal choice would be the feature on Cajun poets by Professor Beverly Matherne. On this auspicious occasion, Hassanal, we offer our thanks and hearty congratulations. শুভ জন্মদিন, Shabdaguchha.
—Caroline Gill






Shabdaguchha: The 15th Anniversary Issue


    Caroline Gill


    An International Celebration of Literary Adventure
    Shabdaguchha marks its 15th Anniversary



    “Adventure is worthwhile,” wrote Amelia Earheart, the first woman to cross the Atlantic in an aeroplane. Earheart’s Fokker F7 seaplane, the ‘Friendship’, touched down near the harbour in Burry Port, between Swansea and Laugharne, two places in Wales inextricably linked with the life and works of Dylan Thomas. Earheart, who kept the log, made the 1928 crossing from Newfoundland in the company of a pilot and navigator-cum-co-pilot. The ‘Friendship’, bound for Southampton, was forced to curtail its flight after more than twenty hours in the sky. The seaplane came to rest on its pontoons in the Burry estuary, where it was initially tied to a buoy for safety. Earheart was hailed as something of a celebrity.

    I was reflecting on this important Shabdaguchha anniversary when Earheart’s story came to mind. I occasionally visited her memorial at Burry Port during my twenty years in Swansea, home town of Dylan Thomas. Transcontinental journeys by air are commonplace occurrences these days, and many poets ‘catch a plane’ to international destinations to attend festivals, give readings and take up residencies. This can be an enriching cultural experience, particularly since the poet’s life has often been compared to that of the hermit in a hut or to the academic in an ivory tower.

    These spells when a poet leaves home, in order to collaborate with other poets and to interact with fellow human beings, are often complemented by times of relative silence and solitude. The poet’s life, however, is rarely a simple see-saw between what might broadly be called ‘travel’ and ‘writing’, and this is where an international publication comes into its own. Copies of Shabdaguchha wing their way across the globe at regular intervals, uniting far-flung poets and readers in a tangible and life-affirming literary bond.
    I first encountered this unique bilingual Bengali-American magazine via Peter Thabit Jones, editor of The Seventh Quarry Press (Swansea), in association with Stanley H. Barkan of Cross-Cultural Communications (New York). Through Peter, I was invited to submit poems for a feature in Shabdaguchha (Issue 53/54, Volume 14, No. 1/2, July-Dec 2011) on ‘Six Poets from Wales’. Aeronwy (1943-2009), daughter of Dylan Thomas, was one of the six. I had enrolled on Aeronwy’s poetry workshop at the Laugharne Festival some years before, and have fond memories of participating in a stimulating writing exercise, based on the game of Consequences.

    Like Amelia Earheart and Dylan Thomas, Aeronwy also crossed the Atlantic Ocean. Her last literary tour in the USA took place in 2008. I, too, have had the experience of flying to America. I recall vast tracts of pristine snow unfolding beneath me, shortly before my aircraft touched down in Philadelphia. It may have been a routine flight, but it was also part of a thrilling expedition. Earheart possessed a natural spirit of courage. She went on to fly solo over the Atlantic in 1932. Most writers will not have such dangerous feats in mind; but as fellow travellers in the realms of poetry, Shabdaguchha has much to offer us by way of exciting cross-cultural exchange and ‘worthwhile’ literary adventure.
    Peter Thabit Jones co-authored a chapbook in 2008 with USA poet, Vince Clemente, Consulting Editor for The Seventh Quarry. The volume, the first in the Poet to Poet series, had the topical title of Bridging the Waters - Swansea to Sag Harbor. We can stretch out across the world around us, a world that is both expanding and contracting as our knowledge broadens in response to the ever-increasing arms of the internet. We can also look up and marvel at the stars, the moon and Dylan’s ‘lark full cloud’, in a shared spirit of celebration.

    Poetry magazine publication, however, is rarely an easy option these days. The production of a vibrant international journal that embraces the finest work of new and established poets from east and west is no mean feat. Shabdaguchha has had many highlights thus far, including the editor’s innovative Swatantra Sonnet form. A recent personal choice would be the feature on Cajun poets by Professor Beverly Matherne. On this auspicious occasion, Hassanal, we offer our thanks and hearty congratulations. শুভ জন্মদিন, Shabdaguchha.

    UK


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