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.