Just as Goswami’s poems are conversations, in Bengal, the college streets and university canteens are often filled with conversations about his poetry, snatches . Joy Goswami is one of the best Bengali poets around and writes in the Bengali language. He is a well published writer of the ‘post-Jibananda Das era’, having. 24 Jun Joy Goswami is an eminent figure in modern Bengali writing. His countless poems have been turned into songs and/or used in cinema.

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The film is about a man who is terribly and stereotypically a ‘poet’: Goswami’s work is rarely described as feminist, and yet it is undeniably so—especially in his poems about the natural world, in which he refuses to follow the old nature-as-woman trope, prakriti. He described his feelings thus: Joy Goswami Poems I have brought the sacrificial After a long period of writing in little magazines and periodicals, his writing was finally published in the influential Desh Patrika.

Your name is very familiar here. A Bathroom Fairytale according to my own point of view it takes us back where we belong. Or take his poem “Olu”: Reading Goswami’s poetry, one has the sense of how it might feel for a man to be a woman.

The cook and in-house detective what else can one call her expertise? But sorrowfully I have to say, here the translation of your poems presented in Poemhunter is really very weak. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Joy Goswami

For in Goswami’s world, the madwoman does not live in the attic. Ogswami was, though, already an avid reader and writer of poetry. Introducing new readers of poetry into this milieu was an enormous task, and Goswami set upon it without a manifesto. He lost his father at the age of six, after which the family was sustained by his mother, a teacher.

This page was last edited on 12 Octoberat I heard friends gossip about a respected professor mentioning Shakespeare, Tagore, and Goswami in a joke with the moral: The film, quite self-consciously, structures itself like a Goswami poem, and perfectly illustrates the ways in which his work has infiltrated the public consciousness. At first this was a setback to him, but he soon saw it as a spur to carry on only, this time, to be a little more subtle about his diaries and journals.


It’s hanging behind The bathroom door. He wasn’t exactly the kind of role model parents would bring to their child’s attention. Goswami’s formal education stopped early, in grade eleven. Many people in the subcontinent make a living by making themselves indispensable as house help. Sadly Joy lost his father when he was only eight years old after which the family was supported solely by his mother until she died in Shanti shanti shanti shanti—when the golden madgirl sits on the shore eating one sunset after another Ashes, Burnt by the Sun Or, Here comes the mother Having sold her daughter Both Chattopadhyay and Goswami played an important role in rejecting a bhadralok discourse bhadralok literally means ‘gentlefolk’, a mostly upper caste and upper class emerging in the late eighteenth century by restoring the everyday to poetry.

Retrieved 9 July Since a literary critic, in spite of her nosey detective instincts, has access only to a writer’s words and not their bank records, it is difficult to say whether the Bengali poet Joy Goswami is the latter.

Two Poems by Joy Goswami – Indian Cultural Forum

A poet with so much published work will, undoubtedly, have a string of awards under his belt and this is how it has been for Goswami. By this time he was already writing poetry.

It is titled “Pagli, tomar sathey,” meaning “Madwoman, with you,” which opens thus: She carries the shopping bags. Joy was born on November 10, in Kolkata. Goswami is doing two remarkable things here: In other words, he decided to write so that his brother would not understand what he had written!

Trampling on space That dark girl walks on [ In towns across the globe Car-bombs explode—abandoned briefcases, parked scooters Explode—every day flakes are flung off the body of the earth— around the slab those aren’t shards of stone, they’re rows of dead bodies Their hands and feet torn [ For it is at this point in the poem that the poet turns Olu into someone who is no longer chained by misplaced household items.


Meanwhile, his brilliant poems about houses often transform space by viewing them as an extension of the women living in them. The vegetable-vendors, the fish-sellers say: He has often said that his early inspiration for writing, after his father, was the discovery of some of his work by his brother who went on to humiliate the young Joy by reading the poems out to other boys.

Olu cooks for us. In this house If anyone loses anything, let Olu know. Her website can be found here. In the poem “Spice grinding,” the man who has “come to prepare the spice-grinding slab” chips away lakes from the body of the slab.

One important example is the poem “Nando’s mother” “Nando-r Ma”in which a young woman named Priyobala Das migrates from East Pakistan to Kolkata to work as a maid. Her name is Hamida.

His expansive tendency to see an ordinary event as part of an epiphanous macrocosm is one of the charms of Goswami’s poetry; here, “Mother Earth” bengli is a spice-grinding slab.

Goswami turned sixty this year, and to celebrate his life in poetry, a documentary called Joy at Sixty was produced by Sumit Das. Below her feet Lakhs of lights dance!


At college functions, his words rang out from loudspeakers, finding their way into the popular consciousness. So many people read and enjoyed his poetry there that it was not too long before a first book of poems was published. Dear poet, From Bangladesh we nourish a good idea about your poems. I would use the word ‘subalterns’ to describe the subjects of many glswami his poems, if only he saw them that way—he doesn’t.