Shakhawat Tipu (Bangladesh)
Shakhawat Tipu, born in 1971, lives in Dhaka. He is a distinguished bilingual poet, editor and critical thinker from Bangladesh. He is also a journalist. The prominent figure of the new Bengali poetic language movement, Tipu established himself as the leading poet in his generation, his poems translated in Spanish, Italian, Serbian and English. He published five Bengali poetry books: Elah Hi Borosha (2002), Jhah Be Ei Bakyo Porokaale Hobe (2004), Shri Chorone Shu (2007), Buddhijibi Dekho Sobe (2009) and Karl Marxer Dhormo (2012) and Noverar Rup (2019), an art critics book on modern Bengali sculptor Novera Ahmed. As an editor, he edited Jatiya Shahittya (2008), a magazine of linguistics and philosophy and Charalnama (2011), a collection of street people’s interviews with a subaltern dictionary. He is the former acting editor literary magazine in Notundhara and former editorial consultant an art magazine Depart. He is the former General Secretary in Bangladesh Progressive Writer’s association. His wife, Gazi Tanzia, is also a renowned Bangladeshi storyteller and novelist.
The blue day!
When you talk to memory, it’s blue day
Rain comes to eyes, your heart is clay
Day after day, images gleams at harmony.
A word is nothing, a sentence gives it meaning.
Mom says to me, do you hear future fables?
Face by face flourish single line of blue label.
Oh wine, the glass took the bay of tears!
Dancing the table four shapes in the world
Love comes again and pain eats of cheers.
Love-shy, birds calling the lover’s bow.
Morning takes the shape of little ices, and you?
Silky man can’t run better than kangaroo.
Hey, the night doesn’t focus in the soul sky!
Owls sleep the day; falling in the blue rain
Love can’t exit; only can you and the blue day.