Boullata on Badr Shakir al-Sayyab: ‘Arabic Poetry Has Not Been the Same Ever Since’

Badr Shakir al-Sayyab is one of the most important names in modern Iraqi poetry — and indeed modern Arabic poetry. The poet, who died in 1964 at just 38, shook the poetic world with his verse. Translator, scholar, and author Dr. Issa Boullata, whose PhD dissertation became a book on al-Sayyab, answered a few questions about the poet’s life and work.

Home of Iraqi Poet Badr Shaker al-Sayyab To Become ‘Cultural Forum’

The Iraqi ministry of culture announced recently that the family home of poet Badr Shaker al-Sayyab (1926-1969) will be turned into a cultural forum. The al-Sayyab home is in Jaikour, about 20 kilometers south of Basra. It will reportedly be renovated and turned into both a “cultural forum” and a museum. According to Al Shorfa, Abdul Qader al-Jumaily, director … Continue reading Home of Iraqi Poet Badr Shaker al-Sayyab To Become ‘Cultural Forum’