Kaiser Haq

(7 December 1950 - / Dhaka / Bangladesh)

Biography of Kaiser Haq

Kaiser Haq poet

Kaiser Hamidul Haq is a Bangladeshi poet, translator, essayist, critic and academic. Kaiser Haq is one of the few Bangladeshis who excel in creative writings in English.

He is a professor of English at the University of Dhaka.

In the liberation war of Bangladesh, he fought against Pakistani Army "as a freshly commissioned subaltern in command of a company". Haq's poems, mostly written in free verse in standard English and rooted in Bangladeshi life and culture availed him international acknowledgement as "a writer worth noticing".

Kaiser Haq's Works:

Poetry

Published in the Streets of Dhaka: Collected Poems 1966-2006 (writers.ink, Dhaka, 2007).
The Logopathic Reviewer’s Song and Other Pieces (Aark Arts, London and UPL, Dhaka,2002).
Black Orchid, London: Aark Arts, 1996.
A Happy Farewell, Dhaka: UPL, 1994
Starting Lines, Dhaka, 1978.
A Little Ado, Dhaka, 1978.
Selected Poems of Shamsur Rahman (trans.), Dhaka: BRAC, 1985. (Enlarged edition,Dhaka: Pathak Samabesh, 2008)
Contemporary Indian Poetry (editor), Ohio State University Press, 1990.

Prose

Quartet (trans. of R.Tagore’s Chaturanga), Heinemann, U.K., 1993
The Wonders of Vilayet (trans. of the first Indian travel book on Europe), Peepal Tree
Books, Leeds, 2002 (A section, titled ‘Passage to Scotland’, excerpted in The Scotsman). New edition: Delhi, Chroniclebooks, 2007.

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It's the easiest thing to say
In the grey light of thinning hair:
I liked the world the way it was-
If only it had held steady
Time would be unchanging bliss!
What is it you so fondly remember
Amidst the glitches in recollection?
An album of snapshots,
Some video clips at best.

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