Ahmed Mattar (Arabic أحمد مطر, born 1954) is a revolutionary Iraqi poet who has been living in exile for decades, most recently in London.
His poetry is very critical of the Arab rulers, lack of freedoms, the use of torture, clinging to power at all costs. He also laments the general situation of the Arab societies.
Mattar was born in Tanoma, a small city southern of Iraq in Basra governance. He is the fourth of ten children. He is married and has three sons and a daughter.
Mattar started composing poetry early in his life when he was fourteen. His first poems were mostly romantic before he turns to choose politics as his main subject. He recited long poems on stage where he ... more »
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Ahmed Matar Poems
My friend Hassan
A visit from our trusted president Who tours our country's vast extent
I telephoned the hope yesterday I asked him: can you
Yes, I Am A Terrorist
The West cries in fear When I make a toy from a matchbox
The Right Man
In the name of our revered alderman, they decided to hang the man who assassinated my brother.
To Whom Should We Complain ?
To whom should we complain? And who listens to our complaints?
Our Leader's Esteemed Dog
Our leader's esteemed dog Bit me today and died
Emir of the Informants
I was lost on the way to a friend's house So I asked the passers-by
Abbas behind the barricades Alert, awake, attentive
This morning The alarm clock woke me up
The Stalk Bows
I am made from dust and water Take your precautions, passersby
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My friend Hassan
A visit from our trusted president
Who tours our country's vast extent
He gave a speech and thus it went:
"Have no fear to voice dissent
the days of fear are truly spent"
So up he stood, my old friend Trent
And asked him: "Mr President
Where's the food with rich content?
Where's a house with decent rent?
Where's a job with no torment?
Where will medicine be sent?
Oh honoured Mr President
Though you have the best intent
We haven't even had a cent!"
Then spoke the trusted president
With voice full of great lament