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Without an Alphabet, Without a Face: Selected Poems

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This Iraq will reach the ends of the graveyard.
It will bury its sons in open country
generation after generation,
and it will forgive its despot...
It will not be the Iraq that once held the name.—from "A Vision"

Living his life in exile—a series of forced departures from numerous countries—Iraqi poet Saadi Youssef also writes outside the long-standing forms of traditional Ara
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Paperback, 216 pages
Published December 1st 2002 by Graywolf Press
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Miriam Day
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Haunting Beauty from a Master Poet

Like a modern troubadour, the celebrated Iraqi poet Saadi Youssef has lived in wandering exile from his homeland for more than thirty years. This selection of his lyrical, lucid and accessible poems, translated into vivid English by Khalded Mattawa, brims with love, sorrow and beauty.
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Mar 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
A very fine Iraqi poet, from a land of poets.
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ولد في العام 1934، في ابي الخصيب، بالبصرة (العراق).
اكمل دراسته الثانوية في البصرة.
ليسانس شرف في آداب العربية.
عمل في التدريس والصحافة الثقافية.
تنقّل بين بلدان شتّى، عربية وغربية.
شهد حروباً، وحروباً اهلية، وعرف واقع الخطر، والسجن، والمنفى.
نال جوائز في الشعر: جائزة سلطان العويس، والجائزة الايطالية العالمية، وجائزة (كافافي) من الجمعية الهلّينية.
وفي العام 2005 نال جائزة فيرونيا الإيطالية لأفضل مؤلفٍ أج
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