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Valley of Death

Nurul Hoque 1965 (Comilla)



Like the eyes of a dead fish
I am phlegmatic now
In worldly joy my
leaves of cheer do not flutter
I am now a stranger infected with corona
Writhing in the valley of death
My footsteps are placid and
Heavy like a motionless mountain
Deep in my soul
Someone sprinkled lavishly
A fade dust of darkness
I'm almost like a maniac now
Sicker
I have seen a while ago too
The night guards of the city
Dressed in special outfits
Carrying a lot of dead bodies
To hang
In some midland

News of hanging dead people
I heard this for the first time.
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Nurul Hoque

Biography of Nurul Hoque ----------------------------------------- Nurul Hoque is predominantly a poet and time-conscious rhymer, novelist and editor. His acquaintance with literature is quite wide. He is skilled at composing poems, rhymes, stories and songs. He has been working as a writer for almost three decades. He is being praised globally for his tireless work . He was elected World Laureate in Literature in 2018 by the International Organisation World Nation Writers Union, Kazakhstan www.wnwu.org . Now he is an Executive Director of Munir Mezyed Foundation for Arts and Culture, Romania. He was a significant Editor of Odyssey International Anthology Of World Poets 2020 and Chief Coordinator of Odyssey International (Head quarter in Romania). Nurul was born on 08 March, 1965 in the District of Comilla (Village Porikot, Gunabati) of former Tripura, Bangladesh. His father, Latu Mia was not only a down-to-earth person but also a rural social worker. His mother Mrs Ambiya Khatun who has closely observed passing more than 100 years, is still living a very modest life as a house wife.They are the fountain of his creativity. Nurul Hoque has written several books among which twenty five are well known in his mother tongue, Bengali. He has been engaged in creative writings for more than 30 years. Nowadays poetry has been much developed and Nurul Hoque's poetry is like a whiff of fresh air and it creates mind-blowing aura of its own on a variety of themes, chiefly on peace, nature, love as well as womanhood and divinity. His poetry are marked for the elegance of beauty and the intimacy of appeal. His writings focus on the importance of English for a multi-lingual world society and for inter-cultural communication among nations; the need for value based education for the youth in the context of globalization; fostering peace, fellow-feeling, awareness of ecology, love for nature. Nurul studied upto fifth class in a government primary school of his village. He then passed the Higher Secondary Examination with distinction from Gunabati High School. He did Diploma in Engineering Mechanical and Bachelor's Degree in Engineering (AMIE) from Swedish Bangladesh Institute of Technology, Kaptai, Bangladesh. Poet Nurul Hoque's educational life was full of diversity. He was sometimes a student, sometimes a ration shop worker and sometimes a manager. He ended his education by struggling . Shortly after being a Diploma Engineer, he joined Vrinel Corporation, an international construction company registered in the United States, as an Assistant Engineer in the Karnafuli Hydroelectric Unit 3 construction project. At that time, Nurul had the honour of being Mr. Kim's assistant, the number three ranking Engineer of the world. In 1980 after leaving the job , Nurul became an unemployee. At that time he traveled all over his country, Bangladesh. He later served as an Chartered Engineer and Project Director of many important projects including Bakhrabad Gas Pipeline Project, Chittagong Urea Fertilizer, Feni River Closure Dam, Bangladesh Railway Optical Fiber Telecom Project with world largest construction company like GEC UK, Shimuzu Construction company Japan, Taisai Construction company Japan, Toyo Engineering Japan, NKK Japan Italmontagi Pvt ltd Singapore etc. Mr. Nurul Hoque has been writing since childhood. His literary practice did not stop even in the midst of adversity in his personal life. Besides in the first class daily, monthly, fortnightly and weekly of Bangladesh, he is regularly practicing literature in various International poetry sites and Bangladesh Television. The legendary poet Al Mahmud of Bangladesh opines that Nurul Hoque has been practicing poetry tirelessly for quite some years. His writing is full of spontaneity and it reflect time, love, nature, reality and of course global peace & harmony. Mr. Nurul with his creation is like a strongest tree rooted in fertile soil watered by the rivers and spreading fresh air of peace, love, humanity and brotherhood globally. His English poetry have already attracted the readers world-wide. Mr. Nurul Hoque is a Bangladeshi citizen by birth but he is a global citizen in mind & heart and creation & expression. He is a soft and humble person as well as a great lover of the universe. His poetry has been translated in many languages i.e. Romanian, Taiwanese , Uzbek, Japanese , Spanish and Chinese. He is an official member of World Nations Writers' Union (Headquarters in Kazakhstan) which conferred upon his International Diploma, ‘TEMIRQAZYQ- the Best Poet- Writer of the World, 2018 (www.wnwu.org ). Poet Nurul Hoque has gained so many awards for his special contribution to literature which are as follows: - World Laureate in Literature in the year 2018 from World Nations Writer Union., Kazakhstan for his lifetime Achievements . Odyssey International Literary Award, Romania, Kafla International literary Award India, and Yasser Arafat International Peace Award more…

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