A Celebration of Saadi Youssef and Iraqi Poetry

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Read more about the work of Iraqi poets Sinan Antoon and Saadi Youssef....

Saadi Youssef is one of the leading poets of the Arab world. Born in 1934 in Basra, Iraq, he has published thirty volumes of poetry and seven books of prose. He left Iraq in 1979, and after many detours, he has recently settled in London.


On Tuesday, April 26, 2005, Smith College presented an evening of Iraqi poetry in Arabic and English, with live music by the Arabic musical ensemble Layaali.

Sinan Antoon, who has been inspired and influenced by the work of Saadi Youssef, read in honor of Youssef, who was originally scheduled to read at Smith, but was unable to obtain a visa to travel to the United States.

Without an Alphabet, Without a Face by Saadi Youssef

Link to past SC Libraries Poetry Center Readings resource pages.

Smith Links

Internet Site Access
Smith College News Releases http://www.smith.edu/newsoffice/releases/
Smith College Poetry Center http://www.smith.edu/poetrycenter/

Online Texts

Expanded Academic Index
Search by keyword for "Saadi Youssef AND poem" or "Sinan Antoon" to find or link to texts. 
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Saadi Youssef Web Resources

Internet Site Access
Graywolf Press
Excerpt and reviews from Saadi Youssef's book
Words Without Borders
Youssef biography and seven poems

Sinan Antoon Web Resources

Internet Site Access
Voices in Wartime: Sinan Antoon http://www.voicesinwartime.org/
About Baghdad: An Independent Film
by InCounter Productions

Links to articles by Sinan Antoon
Search the Five College online library catalog to find Sinan Antoon's recent film, About Baghdad. (Available at Amherst College)
Of Bridges and Birds: Sinan Antoon sifts through the rubble of his native Baghdad
by Sinan Antoon, published by Al Ahram Weekly Online April 17-23, 2003


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