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Breath of Bengal, Abdullah, Hassan Al  Translated by Nazrul Islam Naz
1 Abdullah, Hassan Al Translated by Nazrul Islam Naz Breath of Bengal
Merrick, New York, USA Cross-Cultural Communications 2000 0893042684 / 9780893042684 First Hard Cover New Poetry 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 Aaka Babul To Naznin Seamon
"Breath of Bengal" is Hassan Al Abdullah's first bilingual (Bengali-English) poetry collection. It is a testament to a new immigrant's view of America and the World after a decade of successful transplantation in America. Now with his new name, Hassanal Abdullah, the author is also an editor for 15 years of an international bilingual poetry magazine, "Shabdaguchha, which has made significant impacts in many parts of the literary world, including Wales, Italy, Romania, Israel, Latin America, Japan. This book is Hassanal's first serious step towards building bridges across the waters. 
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Breath of Bengal, Abdullah, Hassan Al  Translated by Nazrul Islam Naz
2 Abdullah, Hassan Al Translated by Nazrul Islam Naz Breath of Bengal
Merrick, New York, USA Cross-Cultural Communications 2000 0893042692 / 9780893042691 First Saddle Stapled New Poetry 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 Aaka Babul To Naznin Seamon
"Breath of Bengal" is Hassan Al Abdullah's first bilingual (Bengali-English) poetry collection. It is a testament to a new immigrant's view of America and the World after a decade of successful transplantation in America. Now with his new name, Hassanal Abdullah, the author is also an editor for 15 years of an international bilingual poetry magazine, "Shabdaguchha," which has made significant impacts in many parts of the literary world, including Wales, Italy, Romania, Israel, Latin America, Japan. This book is Hassanal's first serious step towards building bridges across the waters 
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Swantantra Sonnets:   Bengali with English translations by the author, Abdullah, Hassanal
3 Abdullah, Hassanal Swantantra Sonnets: Bengali with English translations by the author
Oyster Bay, NY & Merrick, NY The Feral Press & Cross-Cultural Communications 2017 0893045942 / 9780893045944 First Paper New Poetry 7 1/8 x 8 1/2 for those who love form as well as content
Sonnets, like diamonds, are these days cut and polished around the world. On the Subcontinent, they have been written in a host of languages, including Bengali, the original language of Hassanal Abdullah’s Swatantra Sonnets. He has been perfecting this form since the 1990s and has composed over 210 of them. Some have adopted this form, in English, Caroline Gill, a London poet, and two Bengali poets, Robiul Manik and Anisur Rahman Apu. This selection, translated by the author, can be thought of as a collection of gems that illuminate his originality of form. Rough diamonds are generally cleaved into pieces of unequal size to produce gems by cutting facets that intensify color, clarity, and brilliance. Abdullah, a teacher of mathematics, as well as a poet, has deliberately cleaved his sonnet into two equal segments, sometimes bridged by an enjambed line. He has also constructed an original rhyme scheme abcdabc efgdefg. The great puzzle is the d-line buried mid-point in each half, forcing the reader to search for this hidden facet of rhyme. The overall effect of separating rhymes casts light more on meaning and metaphor than on sound. In Abdullah’s love sonnets, for example, the perfect symmetry of the two halves carries the meaning of gender equality, which is one of his core themes. His metaphoric allusions expressing this ying/yang attraction and balance are to cosmic bodies, day and night, the tides, a “Great tune / of well-known melodies, memories, human waves—” (#70). Many of his sonnets use the language of radiance we associate with diamonds. He speaks of the “dazzling glow” (#72) and “astounding spark” (#77) of the beloved. Some of the sonnets resonate with erotic passion and urgency; others unfold gently like flower petals. In one wry, satiric sonnet alluding to the seventy virgins promised to the faithful as “dazzling diamond[s],” the poet backs off in fright begging, “do not take me to Paradise; / one has seized me, with seventy, I will die fast!” (#94). This playful expression of fright stands in sharp contrast to his looming fear of nuclear war that threatens to cancel all time and bring our planet to an explosive end: “The world trembles in fear of atomic fusions. / Splitting its rib of grief . . .” (#111). No less than in Renaissance sonnets, time and decay are among Abdullah’s frequent themes, and in the imagery of metaphysical poetry, he finds some sinew of hope: “I search for time’s vein . . . drawing blood for a credible cure” (#117). Despite this “heinous era,” Abdullah finds that both poetry and mathematics still “rapture” his heart and mind. Though he has written an epic poem on the cosmos, it is easy to see how the sonnet distills his passion. Sonnets, like diamonds, “are forever.” They are eternal, quintessential forms cut and polished from nature that allow the reader, in the words of William Blake, to “hold Infinity in the palm of your hand” (Marriage of Heaven and Hell) Hassanal Abdullah’s sonnets pass glimpses of this immensity to those who will receive them with open hands. —Joan Digby November, 2016 
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Swatantra Sonnets: Bengali with English translations by the author, Abdullah, Hassanal
4 Abdullah, Hassanal Swatantra Sonnets: Bengali with English translations by the author
Oyster Bay, NY & Merrick, NY The Feral Press & Cross-Cultural Communications 2017 0893045926 / 9780893045920 First Hard cover New Poetry 56 5/8 x 8 5/8 for those who love form as well as content
Sonnets, like diamonds, are these days cut and polished around the world. On the Subcontinent, they have been written in a host of languages, including Bengali, the original language of Hassanal Abdullah’s Swatantra Sonnets. He has been perfecting this form since the 1990s and has composed over 210 of them. Some have been adopted this form, in English, Caroline Gill, a London poet, and two Bengali poets. Robiul Manik and Anisur Rahman Apu. This selection, translated by the author, can be thought of as a collection of gems that illuminate his originality of form. Rough diamonds are generally cleaved into pieces of unequal size to produce gems by cutting facets that intensify color, clarity, and brilliance. Abdullah, a teacher of mathematics, as well as a poet, has deliberately cleaved his sonnet into two equal segments, sometimes bridged by an enjambed line. He has also constructed an original rhyme scheme abcdabc efgdefg. The great puzzle is the d-line buried mid-point in each half, forcing the reader to search for this hidden facet of rhyme. The overall effect of separating rhymes casts light more on meaning and metaphor than on sound. In Abdullah’s love sonnets, for example, the perfect symmetry of the two halves carries the meaning of gender equality, which is one of his core themes. His metaphoric allusions expressing this ying/yang attraction and balance are to cosmic bodies, day and night, the tides, a “Great tune / of well-known melodies, memories, human waves—” (#70). Many of his sonnets use the language of radiance we associate with diamonds. He speaks of the “dazzling glow” (#72) and “astounding spark” (#77) of the beloved. Some of the sonnets resonate with erotic passion and urgency; others unfold gently like flower petals. In one wry, satiric sonnet alluding to the seventy virgins promised to the faithful as “dazzling diamond[s],” the poet backs off in fright begging, “do not take me to Paradise; / one has seized me, with seventy, I will die fast!” (#94). This playful expression of fright stands in sharp contrast to his looming fear of nuclear war that threatens to cancel all time and bring our planet to an explosive end: “The world trembles in fear of atomic fusions. / Splitting its rib of grief . . .” (#111). No less than in Renaissance sonnets, time and decay are among Abdullah’s frequent themes, and in the imagery of metaphysical poetry, he finds some sinew of hope: “I search for time’s vein . . . drawing blood for a credible cure” (#117). Despite this “heinous era,” Abdullah finds that both poetry and mathematics still “rapture” his heart and mind. Though he has written an epic poem on the cosmos, it is easy to see how the sonnet distills his passion. Sonnets, like diamonds, “are forever.” They are eternal, quintessential forms cut and polished from nature that allow the reader, in the words of William Blake, to “hold Infinity in the palm of your hand” (Marriage of Heaven and Hell) Hassanal Abdullah’s sonnets pass glimpses of this immensity to those who will receive them with open hands. —Joan Digby November, 2016 
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Under the Thin Layers of Light, Abdullah, Hassanal
5 Abdullah, Hassanal Under the Thin Layers of Light
Merrick, New York, USA Cross-Cultural Communications 2015 0893047880 / 9780893047887 First hard cover new Poetry 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 Adel Gorgry To Ekok Soubir
This book is Hassanal Adullah's second bilingual (Bengali-English) collection published by Cross-Cultural Communications. Hassanal is A Bangladeshi-American poet, translator, critic, and editor. He is the author of 27 books in various genres. He is a NYC high school math teacher, and, since 1998, the editor of an international bilingual poetry magazine, Shabdaguchha. In the 96 pages of this book, translated by Jyotirmoy Datta, Nazrul Islam Naz, Siddique M. Rahman, Purnima Ray, Dhananjoy Saha, with the poet, the reader is introduced "to the land and poetry of Bandladesh, to the poetry of Tagore and Nazrul, of which Hassanal is a considerable continuation." --Stanley H. Barkan 
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6 Abdullah, Hassanal Under the Thin Layers of Light
Merrick, New York, USA Cross-Cultural Communications 2015 0893047899 / 9780893047894 First Paperback New Poetry 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 Adel Gorgy To Ekok Soubir
A 96-page bilingual (Bengali-English) second collection of Hassanal Abdullah's published by Cross-Cultural Communications. "I admire Hassanal Abdullah's poetry tremendously He is able to be lyrical without losing meaning . . . amusing and serious . . . He takes us back and forth between these emotions. . . . [His} sonnets sound like the Song of Songs in the Bible." --Hal Sirowitz 
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Chinese Poet=Emperors, Bai, Hong Ai &  Digby, John
7 Bai, Hong Ai & Digby, John Chinese Poet=Emperors
Oyster Bay, NY & Merrick, NY The Feral Press & Cross-Cultural Communications 2017 0893045438 / 9780893045432 First Hard cover New Poetry 6 1/2 x 8 5/8" John Digby 
This book is a bilingual (Chinese-English) collection of poems by Chinese emperors written from 220 BCE till AD 1912. 
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No Cats on the Yangtze, Barkan, Stanley H.  Translated into Chinese by Zhao Si
8 Barkan, Stanley H. Translated into Chinese by Zhao Si No Cats on the Yangtze
Oyster Bay, New York The Feral Press 2017 First Paper New Poetry 6 1/2x 11 John Digby 
The poems in this collection are a selection from the 38 I wrote while my wife, Bebe, and I were on a 2001 Victo¬ria River Cruise down the Yangtze, before the Three Gorges project covered the thousands of ancient villages resulting from its construction. What I saw and felt, particularly the encounters with the people of China, with a sense that I was traveling not just through a country but through Asian history in its many stages, I wrote about each day in my journal. The 38 poems were the result. This selection is the third and final step towards the publication of all 38. I’m grateful to Hong Ai Bai for agreeing to translate the first 10, published in Sailing the Yangtze, to Zhao Si for translating the others, Gambling in Macáu and the others here in No Cats on the Yangtze, to John Digby for providing images that complement the poems, and to John and Joan Digby for designing, editing, and publishing this chapbook in their New Feral Press. —Stanley H. Barkan January 27, 2017 
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No Cats on the Yangtze, Barkan, Stanley H.  Translated into Chinese by Zhao Si
9 Barkan, Stanley H. Translated into Chinese by Zhao Si No Cats on the Yangtze
Oyster Bay, New York The Feral Press 2017 First Hard Cover New Poetry 6 6/16 x 10 John Digby 
The poems in this collection are a selection from the 38 I wrote while my wife, Bebe, and I were on a 2001 Victo¬ria River Cruise down the Yangtze, before the Three Gorges project covered the thousands of ancient villages resulting from its construction. What I saw and felt, particularly the encounters with the people of China, with a sense that I was traveling not just through a country but through Asian history in its many stages, I wrote about each day in my journal. The 38 poems were the result. This selection is the third and final step towards the publication of all 38. I’m grateful to Hong Ai Bai for agreeing to translate the first 10, published in Sailing the Yangtze, to Zhao Si for translating the others, Gambling in Macáu and the others here in No Cats on the Yangtze, to John Digby for providing images that complement the poems, and to John and Joan Digby for designing, editing, and publishing this chapbook in their New Feral Press. —Stanley H. Barkan January 27, 2017 
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The Love of an Apple Tree, Cho, Yoon-Ho
10 Cho, Yoon-Ho The Love of an Apple Tree
Merrick, New York, USA Cross-Cultural Communications in cooperation with Korean Expatriate Literature 2014 089304993X / 9780893049935 First Paperback New Poetry 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 
This is a first in the Korean Bilingual Poetry Series #1, published by Cross-Cultural Communications in cooperation with Korean Expatriate Literature. "The poems of Yoon-Ho Cho are delicate, detailed, and strike the reader with their sensitive beauty. The opening poem, 'Apple Tree,' illustrates in itself the wonderful qualities of Korean poetry, which―for me at least―are an artist’s eye for focused observation, an arresting and honest accessibility, and depths as deep as the shining mirror of a well. I love Yoon-Ho Cho’s poet’s veneration of nature and the controlled conciseness of his creative vision" —Peter Thabit Jones Poet-Editor-Publisher, The Seventh Quarry Press, Swansea, Wales, UK "From the grist of Yoon Ho Cho’s spiritual mill come wisdoms spliced from the glass of winter’s ice, like finely cut diamonds revealing their multi-faceted prisms of Nature’s deeper truths—nourishing in their innocence, awesome in their profound simplicity. As we experience Mr. Cho’s poetry, we journey hand in hand with Eros in our innate need to transform. Thank you, Mr. Cho, for this grand selection of poems,for they have sprouted a new emerald limb on my tree of life." —Carolyn Mary Kleefeld Poet-Artist, Big Sur, California 
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A Break in Passing Clouds: Improvisations on Chinese Poems, Digby, John & Bai, Hong Ai
11 Digby, John & Bai, Hong Ai A Break in Passing Clouds: Improvisations on Chinese Poems
Merrick, New York, USA Cross-Cultural Communications 2014 0893049867 / 9780893049867 First Hard Cover New Poetry & Art 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 Collages by John Digby Cover design by Steven Frim 
These subtle improvisations on ancient Chinese verse will remind readers of the power of poetry to touch and revive the human spirit. Those who are unfamiliar with the work of these great poets will find John Digby and Hong Ai Bai to be superb guides to the recesses of the heart in this superbly crafted bi-lingual collection enlightened by their commentary. Those already conversant with its classical authors will be delighted to find in this beautiful volume a revival and reinterpretation of the longing, serenity, pain, and pleasure first expressed, long ago, in their unforgettable voices. —James P. Bednarz, author of Shakespeare and the Truth of Love The metaphors of improvisation in jazz and riffs in the introduction of A Break in Passing Clouds capture the subtle, complex, and lyrical movement from verse to commentary and history and then to striking visual images. This volume vibrates with the power of stillness and tranquility for the readers ready to hold at bay the fractured demands of modernity for a moment. —Jeffrey Portnoy, Director, Poetry Center, Georgia Perimeter College These “improvisations” on Chinese poems bring classical works to life for a new generation of English speaking readers and can help them to discover China, its history and poetic tradition. —Yongsheng Zhu, author of Reflections on Systemic Functional Linguistics (2001) and New Reflections on Systemic Functional Linguistics (2011) 
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A Break in Passing Clouds: Improvisations on Chinese Poems, Digby, John & Bai, Hong Ai
12 Digby, John & Bai, Hong Ai A Break in Passing Clouds: Improvisations on Chinese Poems
Merrick, New York, USA Cross-Cultural Communications 2014 0893049875 / 9780893049874 First Paperback New Poetry & Art 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 Collages by John Digby Cover design by Steven Frim 
These subtle improvisations on ancient Chinese verse will remind readers of the power of poetry to touch and revive the human spirit. Those who are unfamiliar with the work of these great poets will find John Digby and Hong Ai Bai to be superb guides to the recesses of the heart in this superbly crafted bi-lingual collection enlightened by their commentary. Those already conversant with its classical authors will be delighted to find in this beautiful volume a revival and reinterpretation of the longing, serenity, pain, and pleasure first expressed, long ago, in their unforgettable voices. —James P. Bednarz, author of Shakespeare and the Truth of Love The metaphors of improvisation in jazz and riffs in the introduction of A Break in Passing Clouds capture the subtle, complex, and lyrical movement from verse to commentary and history and then to striking visual images. This volume vibrates with the power of stillness and tranquility for the readers ready to hold at bay the fractured demands of modernity for a moment. —Jeffrey Portnoy, Director, Poetry Center, Georgia Perimeter College These “improvisations” on Chinese poems bring classical works to life for a new generation of English speaking readers and can help them to discover China, its history and poetic tradition. —Yongsheng Zhu, author of Reflections on Systemic Functional Linguistics (2001) and New Reflections on Systemic Functional Linguistics (2011) Keywords: 
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Passing Memories: A Collection of Chinese Poems on Cold Food Festival, Digby, John and Bai, Hong Ai
13 Digby, John and Bai, Hong Ai Passing Memories: A Collection of Chinese Poems on Cold Food Festival
Merrick, New York, USA Cross-Cultural Communications 2016 0893046248 / 9780893046248 First Paperback New Bilingual poetry 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 Front Cover Photo by John Digby Back Cover Photo by Bill Wolak Cover design by Li Yao 
This book is a bilingual (Chinese-English) collection of classical Chinese poems on Cold Food Festival, dating from 206 B.C.E., collected and translated by John Digby and Hong Ai Bai. “This collection of classical poems brings back to life an ancient almost forgotten celebration that once connected people to the spring season. The improvisational approach to translation makes these poems accessible to a new generation of readers both of Chinese and English poetry. As an artist working in dance and film I can appreciate the expressive universal emotions underlying the Cold Food Festival.” —Professor Hyonok Kim, Keimyung University, Daegu, Korea 
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Passing Memories: A Collection of Chinese Poems on Cold Food Festival, Digby, John and Bai, Hong Ai
14 Digby, John and Bai, Hong Ai Passing Memories: A Collection of Chinese Poems on Cold Food Festival
Merrick, New York, USA Cross-Cultural Communications 2016 089304623X / 9780893046231 First Hardcover New Bilingual Poetry 5 11/16 x 8 13/16 Front Cover Photo by John Digby Back Cover Photo by Bill Wolak Cover design by Li Yao 
This book is a bilingual (Chinese-English) collection of classical Chinese poems on Cold Food Festival, dating from 206 B.C.E., collected and translated by John Digby and Hong Ai Bai. “This collection of classical poems brings back to life an ancient almost forgotten celebration that once connected people to the spring season. The improvisational approach to translation makes these poems accessible to a new generation of readers both of Chinese and English poetry. As an artist working in dance and film I can appreciate the expressive universal emotions underlying the Cold Food Festival.” —Professor Hyonok Kim, Keimyung University, Daegu, Korea 
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15 Dobrin, Arthur Tea in a Blue Cup
Merrick, NY/USA Cross-Cultural Communications 1999 0893044563 / 9780893044565 New Paperback New Poetry 4 1/2x6 1/2, 88 pp Chen Hua Hsun 
In this latest collection of his poetry, Arthur Dobrin, co-founder and co-leader of Amnesty International Group #74 and leader of the Ethical Humanist Society on Long Island, provides an opportunity for the reader to sit down in China and Japan for tea in a blue cup with the Asian masters. 
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16 Dobrin, Arthur Tea in a Blue Cup
Merrick, NY/USA Cross-Cultural Communications 1999 0-89304-455-5 / 9780893044558 New Hardcover New Poetry 4 3/4x6 5/8, 88 pp Chen Hua Hsun 
In this latest collection of his poetry, Arthur Dobrin, co-founder and co-leader of Amnesty International Group #74 and leader of the Ethical Humanist Society on Long Island, provides an opportunity for the reader to sit down in China and Japan for tea in 
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Soul Seeds: Revelations & Drawings, Kleefeld, Carolyn Mary  Translated into Japanese by Naoshi Koriyama
17 Kleefeld, Carolyn Mary Translated into Japanese by Naoshi Koriyama Soul Seeds: Revelations & Drawings
Tokyo, Japan & New York, USA Coal Sack Publishing Company & Cross-Cultural Communications 2014 0893049328 / 9780893049324 First Paperback New Aphorisms 5 3/4 x 8 1/4" Carolyn Mary Kleefeld I dedicate Soul Seeds to my beloved friend and mu
Soul Seeds is unique, full of enlightening aphorisms and fantastic drawings. It is a good book for anyone interested in poetically expressed philosophy and art. The reader will enjoy the aphorisms, and will greatly benefit from their sublime wisdom for living and creating. Readers will also enjoy looking at the 14 whimsical drawings, which are so new, so mystifying, so fantasy-provoking… Carolyn Mary Kleefeld is an extraordinary artist who creates extraordinary art… I would like to ask all the readers to read the English aphorisms aloud and enjoy the beautiful sounds and rhythms of English. I wish to see many Japanese young and old enjoy reading this remarkable book. --Shigeru Shimizu, Professor Emeritus at Waseda University 
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18 Ko, Won, Compiler/Translator—Stanley H. Barkan, Series Editor Cross-Cultural Review #4: "South Korean Poets of Resistance"
Merrick, New York, USA Cross-Culural Communications 1980 0-89304-607-8 / 9780893046071 First Paperback New Poetry @ Art 5 1/2x8 1/2" Complementary gouaches on Cover and in Text by Kang Sin Suk 
First bilingual publication in America of several famous Korean poets: Kim Chi-ha, Yang Song-u, Ko Un, and Ko Won 
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19 Ko, Won, Compiler/Translator—Stanley H. Barkan, Series Editor Cross-Cultural Review #4: "South Korean Poets of Resistance"
Merrick, New York, USA Cross-Cultural Communications 1980 0-89304-606-X / 9780893046064 First Hard Cover New Poery & Art 5 1/2x8 1/2" Kans Sin Suk 
First bilingual publication in America of several famous Korean poets: Kim Chi-ha, Yang Song-u, Ko Un, and Ko Won 
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20 Ko, Won, Editor/Translator Voices in Diversity: Poets from Postwar Korea
Merrick, NY/USA Cross-Cultural Communications 2001 0893048860 / 9780893048860 First Paperback New New Poetry 5 1/2x 8 1/2, 127 pp Kang Sin Suk 
This anthology contains 92 poems by 97 poets who were born in or after 1945. The end of World War II, August 15, 1945, is an epoch-making date in the history of contemporary Korea in that it brought about Korea's liberation from Japanese rule. —from the Preface by Ko Won 
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