Educated in English Literature at Rajshahi University, Sofiul Azam has three poetry collections Impasse (Dhaka: Pathak Shamabesh,2003) , In Love with a Gorgon (Aarhus: Les Editions du Zaporogue,2010 and forthcoming from County Clare: Salmon Poetry) , Safe under Water (Dhaka: Magnum Opus,2014) and edited Short Stories of Selim Morshed (Dhaka: Ulukhar,2009) . His poems have appeared in magazines across the world like Prairie Schooner, Poetry Salzburg Review, Le Zaporogue, The Journal (once of Contemporary Anglo-Scandinavian Poetry) , Orbis, Erbace, The Cannon’s Mouth, Forward Press, Conversation Poetry Quarterly, Boyne Berries, Deep South, Catamaran, Protocol, Postcolonial Text, Lakeview International Journal of Literature and Arts, NAP Magazine, etc. and some are anthologized in Journeys, Caught in the Net, Poets Against War, Poetry for Charity Volume 2. He is now working on Earth and Windows: New and Selected Poems.

He lives with his wife and son in Dhaka and teaches English at Victoria University of Bangladesh, having taught it before at Independent University Bangladesh, Southeast University and Royal University of Dhaka.


Sofiul Azam Poems

The Defeat

for my father

The King saw his chiefs stand like the deaf
(brave sepoys stirred blood in their veins,... more »

Disjecta Membra

for Geoffrey Hill

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The House Of Rumours

(for Monira Qais)

I had just slipped straight from my mother’s womb
into this house where rumours breed like spawn,... more »

Sofiul Azam Quotes

Comments about Sofiul Azam

Teresa Juhasz 17 Jul 2005 04:40
I have now read about you, as well as a handful of your poems and it was certainly my pleasure to have done so. You have left me speechless, not to mention extremely curious to why such a well educated man with a gift to string together words in the most artistic way, leaving the colour to bleed between the lines, creating a page that no longer appears anything less than a painting in a Cathedral and makes me feel as if I was holding your beating heart in the palm of my hands. All my life I have wondered both wide and far. Learning to listen to my heart’s instant whispers. Learning to write about what I love and in return to love what I have written. Spreading my wings, soaring high into the sky, where there is another life of sense and thoughts. Amongst the clouds my pen is set free and my heart begins to bleed the ink. The sky gives me the beauty in telling my agony as well as my happiness. My writing, an art of creation, I breath in the words as if they were fresh air. Breathing out, I spread them across the sky, so they can begin to take on a life of their own. I hope that you will reply quite soon. Thank you so much …Teresa
Sofiul Azam 17 Jul 2005 04:30
Linda M. Stitt, renowned Canadian poet and my well-wisher, has sent her comment about my poetry in an e-mail: I have just read some of your poetry and found it profound and compelling, full of rich language and powerful imagery. I wish you every success with your work.
Sofiul Azam 17 Jul 2005 04:28
Linda Rogers, renowned Canadian poet and my well-wisher, has sent her comment about my poetry in an e-mail: I enjoyed reading your poems. You have what I call the Indian eye for intense, passionate and compassionate images.