Subodh Sarkar was born in 1958 and has published eighteen books of poems. He has participated in a number of international writers’ festivals including the Sun Moon Lake city conference in Taiwan and the New Symposium in Greece organized by IWP, University of Iowa. Recipient of the Bangla Academy Award, he is Associate Professor in English at the City College in Kolkata and guest editor of Indian Literature, the literary journal published by Sahitya Akademi.
Here, every child is scared to playHere, every squirrel has a bullet-proof home Here, every old man wants to commit suicideThere is no difference between a soldier and a manNo difference between the killer and the killedBoth are poor, both are hungry, both are tortured.
Poets of India, can you walk between two fires?
Translation from the Bengali By the poet