Fakrul Alam

Fakrul Alam is a Bangladeshi academic, writer, and translator.

Poetry for our times and a poet’s new frontier

Inevitably, Kaiser Haq’s The New Frontier and Other Odds and Ends in Verse and Prose is about the poet, his poetic predilections, and situatedness at this time of human existence. In many ways it is typical of the verse we have come to expect from our leading poet in English for a long time now, but in other ways it articulates his present-day concerns in new and striking poetic measures. 

2m ago

Anonto prem

I wove necklaces of lyrics/ Which you'd wear beautifully

2m ago

Shedin dujone dulachinu bone

You know how that day the wind brought out/ The crazy thoughts I had in me all the while.

2m ago

A peripatetic poet’s pleasing musings

The title of this book suggests that it is based in Bengal but it really meanders deftly across time and space, more often than not in “mazy motion”.

3m ago

Be a tree

Be a tree Get wet in sorrow’s shower and you’ll recover. From envy’s scorching sun gather strength

4m ago

Rehman Sobhan’s recollections of the road he took towards December 16, 1971

The title of the first of Professor Rehman Sobhan’s two-part memoir suggests that it is about his “years of fulfilment”; the subject matter of its sequel therefore would be about the “untranquil” years that followed.

5m ago

18th century British women writers and their Indian others

The postcolonial and feminist lenses Chatterjee deploys in his discussion of the works of the selected women writers seem to suit his analysis of the works of these "enlightenment" period British women writers, for their biases, fixations, and anxieties often come into view then.

6m ago

Diasporic delusions

Self-confidence shaken, some shattered memories in their side bags

7m ago
May 16, 2024
May 16, 2024

Poetry for our times and a poet’s new frontier

Inevitably, Kaiser Haq’s The New Frontier and Other Odds and Ends in Verse and Prose is about the poet, his poetic predilections, and situatedness at this time of human existence. In many ways it is typical of the verse we have come to expect from our leading poet in English for a long time now, but in other ways it articulates his present-day concerns in new and striking poetic measures. 

May 11, 2024
May 11, 2024

Shedin dujone dulachinu bone

You know how that day the wind brought out/ The crazy thoughts I had in me all the while.

May 11, 2024
May 11, 2024

Anonto prem

I wove necklaces of lyrics/ Which you'd wear beautifully

April 4, 2024
April 4, 2024

A peripatetic poet’s pleasing musings

The title of this book suggests that it is based in Bengal but it really meanders deftly across time and space, more often than not in “mazy motion”.

March 16, 2024
March 16, 2024

Be a tree

Be a tree Get wet in sorrow’s shower and you’ll recover. From envy’s scorching sun gather strength

February 8, 2024
February 8, 2024

Rehman Sobhan’s recollections of the road he took towards December 16, 1971

The title of the first of Professor Rehman Sobhan’s two-part memoir suggests that it is about his “years of fulfilment”; the subject matter of its sequel therefore would be about the “untranquil” years that followed.

January 11, 2024
January 11, 2024

18th century British women writers and their Indian others

The postcolonial and feminist lenses Chatterjee deploys in his discussion of the works of the selected women writers seem to suit his analysis of the works of these "enlightenment" period British women writers, for their biases, fixations, and anxieties often come into view then.

November 25, 2023
November 25, 2023

Diasporic delusions

Self-confidence shaken, some shattered memories in their side bags

October 7, 2023
October 7, 2023

Shokoruno Benu Bajaie Ke Jai

Who is the one playing such a plaintive tune on a flute

August 29, 2023
August 29, 2023

Remembering Melville in his bicentenary year

Melville's critics, inevitably, panned him for what he had characterised self-deprecatingly and in his frustration as his fictional "botches," although his works were rarely that.

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