Saadi Youssef Poems
- America, America God save America My home sweet home! The ...
- Thank You Imru Ul-Qais At last in a half-furnished room near ...
- Woman How will I drag my feet to her now? In which land will...
- The Bird's Last Flight When I enter the earth's ...
- The Fence His house was exposed to dust from the street. His...
- Silence Winds that do not blow in the evening, and winds ...
- Five Crosses We stopped in five stations and did not leave a ...
Saadi Yousef (Arabic: سعدي يوسف) (born 1934 near Basra, Iraq) is an Iraqi author, poet, journalist, publisher, and political activist. He has published thirty volumes of poetry and seven books of prose.
Saadi Yousef studied Arabic literature in Baghdad. He was influenced by the free verse of Badr Shakir al-Sayyab, Shathel Taqa and Abd al-Wahhab Al-Bayyati and was also involved in politics from an early age, leaving the country permanently in 1979 after Saddam Hussein's rise to power. At the time his work was heavily influenced by his socialist and anti-imperialist sympathies but has since also taken a more introspective, lyrical turn. He has also translated many well-known ... more »
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God save America
My home sweet home!
The French general who raised his tricolour
over Nagrat al-Salman where I was a prisoner thirty years ago . . .
in the middle of that U-turn
that split the back of the Iraqi army,
the general who loved St Emilion wines
called Nagrat al-Salman a fort . . .
Of the surface of the earth, generals know only two dimensions:
whatever rises is a fort
whatever spreads is a battlefield.
How ignorant the general was!
But Liberation was better versed in topography.
The Iraqi boy who conquered her front page
sat carbonised ...