Zeeshan Sahil (1961-2008) was born in Hyderabad, Sindh, and went to school there. During his lifetime he published eight collections of poetry in Urdu. One more volume of his work, containing all his uncollected and still unpublished poems is being compiled.
Translated from the Urdu by Faisal Siddiqui, Christopher Kennedy, and Mi Ditmar.
“[In Zeeshan Sahil’s poetry] There are simple images of the natural world, often in conflict with the world human beings have made, either literal walls (“Wall and Bird”) or barriers of the mind (“East”), as well as images of war, where a swarm of bicycles can stop a tank (“A Child’s Bicycle”). There is an innocence in these poems combined with a worldliness that makes them disarming. They attend to the harsh realities of post-Cold War Pakistan, while offering an obstinate hopefulness, regardless of the outcome of the effort.”