World Haiku Series 2019 (153)
Haiku by Quamrul Hassan
the sole witness of
the stolen kiss
a slice of the sun
on my blanket
on the baby’s cheek
north wind —
to light his cigarette
through the small window
a hindu embraces
the ceo talks batting order
with the peon
‘i love you stella’
cross the road
even the grumpy landlord
* Pahela Baishakh is the first day of the Bengali New Year
— Translated by Hidenori Hiruta
Quamrul Hassan is a poet, journalist, translator and sportswriter.
An ex-cadet of Faujdarhat Cadet College, he studied at the Department of English, University of Dhaka.
Quamrul is a familiar name in the international haiku scene.
His books Spring Moon (2011) and Hyaku Haiku (2016) have been both popular and critically acclaimed. Spring Moon is the first book of English haiku penned by a Bangladeshi.
Quamrul is the founder of Haiku Society of Bangladesh and his haiku have been published in Asahi Shimbun, Mainichi Daily News, World Haiku Review and the celebrated anthology of contemporary haiku ‘Naad Anunaad’.
Presently a Senior Sub-Editor at Bangladesh’s biggest newspaper Prothom Alo, Quamrul is also the founder of Baghinee, a platform dedicated to Bangladeshi sportswomen.