Sayeed Abubakar (21 September 1972 / Jessore / Bangladesh)
Biography of Sayeed Abubakar
Sayeed Abubakar is a contemporary poet of Bangladesh. He is regarded as the major poet of the 90th decade. He was born on September 21,1972 at Rambhodrapur, Panjia under Keshabpur upazilla of Jessore district, Bangladesh. His father was Nur Mohammad Biswas, a renowned social worker and mother was Amena Khatun.
Sayeed Abubakar started writing poems at a very early age. Then he was only 11. Many of those poems were published in local newspapers namely The Daily Sphulingo and The Daily Ranar. In those days he used to compose 60-70 poems per day because he was determined to defeat Rabindranath Tagore by the number of poems. Really it was a peculiar silly attempt of a young poet. Later he realized his mistake. But it helped him to be skilled both in rhymes and rhythm at the early stage of his life.
He never stopped running after poems. Actually poetry got mixed with his blood and soul. He was a brilliant student. He passed his SSC and HSC examinations in First Division in 1987 and 1989 respectively. Then he obtained his BA (Honours) In English Literature in 1992 and Masters Degree in English Literature in 1993 from Rajshahi University successfully. Then he joined the popular national fortnightly Palabadal as a sub-editor. He edited this literary magazine from 1998 to 1999. Then he left Dhaka city for Chittagong. He joined Faujdarhat Cadet College as a lecturer of English. The hills and the Bay of Bengal attracted the poet very much but the strict routine-bound life of cadet college did not suit him. He left Faujdarhat Cadet College in 2003 and joined Govt. Lalon Shah College passing the prestigious BCS examination. He is now assistant professor of English working at Sirajganj Govt. College. But not a single day he forgot his mission of writing poetry.
In national daily his poem was first published in 1988. Then he was the student of claas XI at BL Govt. College in Khulna. While in Rajshahi University, he completed writing some of his best lyrics. All those were published then in all the most popular national newspapers and national magazines like the Ittefaq, the Sangbad, the Dainik Bangla, the Inqilab, the pakkhik Shoily, the Sachitra Bangladesh etc. His first book of poetry named Pranoyer Prathom Pap (The first sin of love) was published in 1996. It attracted the attention of the living famous poets. This very book made him famous as a poet in Bangladesh. The second edition of Pranoyer Prathom Pap was published in 2008. Now he has seven books of poetry in the market.Many of his poems have been translated in English language and Spanish language.
The famous publishing Company of USA, I-Proclaim Press, published his two books named 'Anthology of the World Poetry' and 'The Golden Kabin' (Translation of Al Mahmud's 'Sonali Kabin') in 2010.
The famous publication of UK, Bubok, has published his 'Selected Poems: 2010-2012'in 2013.
He is the editor of an English little magazine named 'Bangla Literature'. Modern Bengali literature is presented here in English for the world readers.
Poet Syed Ali Ahsan, Syed Ali Ashraf, Al Mahmud, Abdul Mannan Syed, Nazib Wadud, Hasan Alim, Khurshid Alam Babu, Mokbul Mahfuz, Taufik Zahur, Dr Fazlul Haq Tuhin, Ahmad Basir, Hosne Ara Beauty, Shahin Saikat and others have written articles on this great poet. Al Mahmud has written essays two times on this poet, which is a rare incident in modern Bangla poetry. Al Mahmud in one of his essays on Sayeed Abubakar says: 'I got surprised while reading his poems published in newspapers.' Abdul Mannan Syed says, ' Sayeed Abubakar is a real poet from top to toe.' Once Khurshid Alam Babu says: ' It is high time we declared that Sayeed Abubakar is the greatest young poet of Bangladesh.'
i. Shabdoshilon Award 
ii. Lalon Award 
iii. Panjia Sahitya Sommelon Sommanona 
iv. Challish Bachhar Purtite Kabi Sayeed Abubakarke Utsanga Srijan Chintan Sammanona 
Sayeed Abubakar's Works:
i. Pronoyer Prothom Pap (First Sin of Love) [1996, Palabadal Publication, Fakirapool, Dhaka; 2nd edition 2008, Ittadi Grantha Prakash, Bangla Bazar, Dhaka]
ii. Julekhar Shes Jal (Last Trap of Julekha) [2004, Palabadal Publication, Fakirapool, Dhaka; 2nd edition 2011, Parilekh, Rajshahi]
iii. Sada Andhokarey Kalo Josnai (Into White Darkness and Black Moonlight) [2006, Ittadi Grantha Prakash, Bangla Bazar, Dhaka]
iv. Mesopotemiar Mme (The Mme of Mesopotemia) [2007, Parilekh, Rajshahi]
v. Bongatey Bosoti (Dwelling in Bengal) [2008, Ittadi Grantha Prakash, Bangla Bazar, Dhaka]
vi. Ebar Ektibar Eksathey (Now We All Together) [2010, Ittadi Grantha Prakash, Bangla Bazar, Dhaka]
vii. Kapatakkha Parer Roddur (The Sunrays on the Banks of the Kapatakkha) [2012, Ittadi Grantha Prakash, Bangla Bazar, Dhaka]
viii. Selected Poems: 2010-2012 [2013, Bubok, UK]
ix. Poemas de Sayeed Abubakar: un Poeta Bengali [Sayeed Abubakar's poems in Spanish language translated by Lorena Lopez Velazquez] [2013, Bubok, UK]
i. Kabita Kamal (The Lotus of Poetry) [2006, Ittadi Grantha Prakash, Bangla Bazar, Dhaka]]
ii. Kabitar Adhunikata (The Modernity of Poetry) [2010, Siddikia Publications, Bangla Bazar, Dhaka].
i. Chharachhari [2009, Parilekh, Rajshahi]
i. Modhusudoner Engreji Kabita [2009, Bhumika, Bangla Bazar, Dhaka]
ii. The Golden Kabin’(Translation of Al Mahmud's 'Sonali Kabin') [2010, I-Proclaim Press, USA]
i. Adhunik Bangla Kabita [2009, Ittadi Grantha Prakash, Bangla Bazar, Dhaka]
ii. Anthology of the World Poetry [2010, I-Proclaim Press, USA]
Bangla Literature [1st Issue, February 2011]
Bangla Literature [2nd Issue, April 2012]
Shiraji Puran [1st Issue, December 2012]
Leaves of a Tree
We have no control over us. We have no power.
Like the leaves of a tree in a storm, our
lives are here run
in darkness of the night and in the sun.
Only the fools among the crowd
boast of their strength and they feel proud
as if they were Pharaohs. When they get drowned
into the deep failure of life, their crowns