Gopal Lahiri
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Gopal Lahiri is a bilingual poet, critic, editor, writer, and translator with 29 books published, (10 books in Bengali and 19 books in English) including six solo/jointly edited books and two joint books. His poetry and prose are published across more than 100 anthologies as well as in eminent journals of India and abroad. His poems have been translated in 18 languages and published in 14 countries.

He is the recipient of the Ist Jayanta Mahapatra National Award for Literature, which was conferred on him on 3rd February 2024 at Toshali Literature Festival, Bhubaneshwar. He has been nominated for Pushcart Prize for poetry in 2021, He has received Setu Excellence award, Pittsburgh, US in poetry. His latest collection of poems, ‘Alleys are Filled with Future Alphabets.’ has received Pan Asian Ukiyoto awards. He has participated as speakers in various literary festivals including World Congress of Poets, Bhubaneshwar, India, Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival, Times Literary Fest, Kolkata, Bagh Devi Litfest, Bhubaneshwar, Chandrabhaga Poetry Festival, Konark, Pondicherry Poetry Festival, New Town Book Fair and Kolkata Book Fair.

He has attended various Sahitya Akademi events as a speaker at Dera Baba Nanak, Punjab, Kolkata and Manipur. His edited volumes include ‘Selected Songs- Rabindranath Tagore’, and  Jallianwala Bagh- Poetic Tributes’, ‘Home Anthology’ (Jointly edited), ‘Poetry Conclave Yearbook, 2022’ (Jointly edited) and ‘Bridging Continents-Indo- American Anthology’ (Jointly edited). He has translated short stories of Israel from English to Bengali, ‘Not Just Milk and Honey’ published by National Book Trust, New Delhi, India. Recently his latest collection of poems ‘Crossing The Shoreline’ was launched and discussed at IIC, New Delhi. He was recently invited on 31st February, 2024, by Vision and UEM Jaipur Literature Festival to talk about his poetic journey.

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Gopal Lahiri’s book ‘Crossing the Shoreline’ (2022) published by Haoajan Publishers is the book under review. This book contains 90 selected poems divided into three groups under the tags:

That some books should be judged by their cover, is evident from poet Gopal Lahiri’s newest anthology of poems – Alleys are Filled with Future Alphabets. The hardbound book has an enigmatic painting on its cover

Ornately laden with passionately sensitive expressions of human emotions centred around ideas, beliefs, doctrines, love, loss, illness, and death, and most tellingly, a steadfast commitment to poetry, Voices Within edited by Gopal Lahiri and published by Setu Publications USA is a satisfying read.

Gopal Lahiri is an internationally acclaimed and widely published poet based in Kolkata. A Geo-physicist by profession and a poet by choice, the earth, its flora and fauna seep into his work as comfortably as do complex emotions.

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