Biography of Sajjad Sharif
Sajjad Sharif was born in old Dhaka and grew up in its colourful labyrinthine alleys. He has been writing poetry since the early 1980s. He attempted to radicalize the expression of contemporary Bangla poetry with some other fellow poets. He was deeply involved with the avant-garde literary journal Gandiva that reshaped the recent scenario of Bangla poetry. With his first collection of poems,Chhurichikitsa (Knife-Therapy), Sajjad broke some usual norms of Bangla poetry. He loves experimenting with the language and transforming old lyrical style into contemporary idiom.
Sajjad Sharif Poems
Translated from Bangla by Subrata Augastine Gomes
The wind scattered and foreign
I get to know her or I don't
Through signs beyond language
O Self-manifest, claw me away from this swamp?
As I drift deep into the forest at night
I find everything too meaningful, too true
All things marked are transformed into words