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Nirmalendu Goon

Nirmalendu Goon (born 1945) is one of the most popular Bangladeshi poets known for his accessible verse. He was born in Kashbon in Barhatta in Netrokona, undivided India, present-day Bangladesh.

His first book of poetry was published in 1970. Since then he has published forty-five collections of poetry and twenty collections of prose. Part of the generation of poets of 1960s, Goon's poetry contains stinging criticism of the nouveau riche and a touching description of the contrasting fate of the masses. A love of freedom and faith in the human spirit also permeates many of his poems. An avowed Marxist, Goon has also written poems urging an upheaval of the poor against the rich. He also has written a number of poems on important personalities, including Rabindranath, Sheikh Mujib, Lenin, Shakti Chattopadhyay and others.