The International Poetry Journal in Bengali and English

Issue 35/36
January-June '07
Double Issue, 48pp

    Shamsur Rahman in English
    Sample Poetry in Bengali

    Article on Shamsur Rahman
    To the Editor
    Poetry in English
    Shabda News

Shamsur Rahman

Poetry Originally Written in English

By Hassanal Abdullah


America, you are not
The United States I thought,
You are just a bank teller,
Sitting behind the bulletproof glass window
And advancing mount of money to the people
You like.


A cat I donít want to miss,
Sitting in my house and eating some fishó
Itís not short, the cat is tall.
Its eyes are as if two hot bowls.

The cat knows math and poetry tooó
The sun goes round the galaxy;
At time, it fixes my hair and ties my shoe.
It knows when the birds are free.

Stars are moving away from us,
Big Bang, Big Crunch, it knows the drum.
It knows how to get on a bus,
While eating some bones and chewing some gums.

The cat is a cat, itís not a dog.
It has two legs and two hands,
It knows Calc and it knows Log.
Itís happy to live in the Bush-Land.

By Zheng Yan


As the pale white flesh lies still in the darkness of the sky, I walk the path of shadow, and bear the ways of it, though I am not the only traveler. The darken chains hang from my shoulders; drops of blood stream from my hands, and there I travel alone, with the skulls of the fallen hanging from my neck. The trail that I leave behind are the sorrow and death. I stock the plains for flesh, alone. The wandering soul is my guide. The decaying corpse is what I eat. Crawling through the dead bodies I see all, the true faces of the ones laid before me. Alone that I bear what has become of me, alone that I seek what has become my goal. As the tears of blood rains from my eyes, my mind gets clearer. I lay still in river which bathes the fallen. There I feel the pain in the emptiness of the shadow.

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    Shabdaguchha, A Journal of Poetry, Published in New York, Edited by Hassanal Abdullah.