Rafiq Azad is a prominent poet from Bangladesh who not only was an active freedom
fighter but also expressed his voice in a mixed tone of romance and rebellion.
Rafiq Azad attuned himself to the
political theme with a mixture of an intensely personal sense of grief over the
changing realities of life around him. His famous 'Bhat dey haramzada' ('Give
me food, you bastard') created quite a furor in the mid -seventies. Rafiq
Azad's love poetry is more compelling than his political pieces, which often
deteriorate into long harangues. Rafiq Azad's Chunia Amar Arcadia marked the
climax of his poetic career.
Rafiq Azad was in New York recently to attend the tenth
anniversary of Shabdaguccha , a poetry journal. Some mainstream American poets
like Charles Fisherman, Stanley H Barkan, Carolyn Wright attended the poetry
conference where an English translation of Rafiq Azad's collection of poems
titled Environment & Other Difficulties was inaugurated .
In this exclusive interview with VOA
Bangla Service the poet talks about his works and the poetry conference that he
attended at New York.