Al-Bayati: ‘When I Met al-Sayyab in 1947’

"His illusions, his distant dreams, and his winged fantasies seemed to flutter quietly with emotion and land on his poems, leaving their enchanting colorful feathers on them."

‘When Darkness Falls’: On the Shortened, Brilliant Life of Iraqi Author Hayat Sharara

"The word eib rings in my head, it is eib to love, to sing, to get sick, to divorce, to show your emotions...and.…and. I felt these social chains were burdening me with fear, despair, and confusion, and I almost abandoned work on the book, but when I looked at the materials that I had collected, I knew that if I didn’t publish it now, it would never be published.”