Eighty Years of Saadi Youssef: ‘We Write To Make People Happy’

Issue 51 of Banipal magazine focuses on pioneering Iraqi poet Saadi Youssef, who was born in 1934 near Basra.

Saadi Youssef’s Language, ‘The Language Used By All’

I am still reading and re-reading Nostalgia, My Enemy, poems by Saadi Youssef, trans. Sinan Antoon and Peter Money. Youssef, one of the world’s great living poets, differs significantly from his fellow Arab poet Adonis, who has built grander and grander towers of words, reaching sometimes brilliantly and sometimes up beyond sight, into the sky. Youssef’s poetry, … Continue reading Saadi Youssef’s Language, ‘The Language Used By All’