Afzal Syed

Contemporary Urdu Poet

Afzal Ahmed Syed is a contemporary Urdu poet and translator. He is the author of the modern nazm collections, An Arrogated Past, 1984, Death Sentence in Two Languages, 1990, and Rococo and Other Worlds, 2000. His collected work has been published under the title The Clay Mine, 2009. Afzal’s poetry was anthologised in An Evening of Caged Beasts: Seven Postmodernist Urdu Poets (New York: OUP, 1999). The Wesleyan University Press Poetry Series has published a selection of his poetry in translation, titled Rococo and Other Worlds in 2010. A Hindi translation of some of his poems was published in 2018. Afzal is the author of the acclaimed first ever Urdu translation of Mir Taqi Mir’s Persian divan. He is currently working on a representative selection of Persian master Abdul Qadir Bedil. Afzal has received the ‘Struggle for Democracy’ Literary Award from Benazir Bhutto in 1989.

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