Fiction & Poetry

Fiction & Poetry

FICTION / Ameena goes to America

A young white officer asks her in heavily accented Bangla, “What’s the purpose of your visit?”

9m ago

CREATIVE NONFICTION / On a romantic night of self

It has been more than a few weeks since I arrived in London for my Master’s, and I still miss my friends, family, and acquaintances back home.

10m ago

Poetry / Ruins & renaissance

The hurt remained beneath my skin like an unwritten revelation—never acknowledged, never tended to;

10m ago

FICTION / The long dinner table

A daughter reflects on time and Bengali culture as she revels in the excitement of cooking her parents a meal.

1y ago

BOOK REVIEW: POETRY / Abdus Selim’s poetry compilation of the ‘60s is a time machine

Abdus Selim’s translation and compilation is a time machine for all of us living in the new age, where poems have become much neutered.

1y ago

SHOUTxDS Books presents 'Slam Poetry Nights' — Session 5

For its 5th session, SHOUTx DS Books’ Slam Poetry Nights performed at the Dhaka Lit Fest 2023.

1y ago

FICTION / Matsyanayam - A story of ancient Bengal, and the queen who lived a hundred years

And in the streets of Shonarga, Luna went about on foot, her nupur clinking against her ankles, notifying all passers-by of the good queen’s proximity.

1y ago

Poem / Leaf

I saw a leaf falling yesterday. 

1y ago

Hawa Manzil

I smoked and we stared. We stared and I smoked. One cigarette after another. To this day I’m not certain how the next two hours had passed, but I will never forget the blank look in its eyes and something that resembled a sneer that I never saw on Liton Mia’s face before.

1y ago

Poetry review: Moon’s madness

Protiti’s poems are mostly ‘bare’ conversational musings exploring ‘selfhood, separation, exile, love and longing’.

1y ago

A night for poetry

SHOUT and Daily Star Books organised the first instalment of their monthly event Slam Poetry Night in the capital’s The Daily Star Centre yesterday.

1y ago

The Locksmith’s Luck

Azhar was a forty-year-old bachelor and an expert locksmith. He also owned a hardware store. He was generally considered to be a good citizen even though fifteen years ago, he went to prison for stealing jewels. But since then, he has been very careful about not getting caught. The stolen money helped him travel around and enjoy the small luxuries of life.

1y ago

Waves

Peach seas murmur with the colours of the setting sun. There are no peach trees here — only

1y ago

After I Go

After I go

2y ago

“The Baby”

In the chilly winter night as I walked past the forest, I heard a feeble crying of a baby. I shivered in my warm clothes.

2y ago

The 'idol-breaker' of Iran: poet Forough Farrokhzad

She would be the first woman in the history of Persian literature to publish poems that spoke openly of women, sexuality, longings, and equality.

2y ago

And I was born

Twenty-eight years ago, on an overcast day, an astrologer, sitting at the porch of our ramshackle house, had predicted that my mother would never give birth to a male child.

2y ago

“Bhalobeshe shokhi nibhrite jotone”

Inscribe my name, beloved, With care and affection In the temple of your secluded heart.   Trace the beat of the music That plays in my soul In the anklets on your feet.

2y ago
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