Slideshow: The Books of the Bonsai Poet
After Tuhin Das’s first collection was published in Bangladesh, he became known as the “Bonsai Poet.” His work responds to his observation that people in his home country were becoming confined like the bonsai, unable to express their emotions or grow outward. His poetry evokes the ethos and pathos that he believed was slowly being lost as people became more and more restricted in their everyday expression. When Tuhin was forced to leave Bangladesh for his own safety, he brought his poetry with him: seven books in all, published from 2009 to 2016.
Tuhin Das is the current ICORN writer-in-residence of City of Asylum in Pittsburgh.
Read our interview with Tuhin about his life and work.