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Saadi Yousef


Born in 1934 in Basra, Iraq—Saadi Yousef "has become, through the vicissitudes of history and the cosmopolitan appetites of his mind, a poet not only of the Arab world, but of the human universe. He has lived in and communicated with the cultures and literatures of Algeria, Lebanon, France, Greece, Cyprus, Yugoslavia, and this dialogue engages and informs his poetry."


Saadi Yousef started writing poetry at the age of seventeen and has published over thirty collections of poetry since permanently leaving Iraq in 1979, after Saddam Hussein's rise to power.

"Night begins

in his old continent

and the porcupine moves


with laughing eyes,

glad the earth is full

of these temptations."


Saadi Yousef currently resides in London.


Saadi Yousef, photo by Petr Machan, PWF 2011

Saadi Yousef: Easter Day

04.05.2011 Café Central

You never know who walks into Café Central—to share your thoughts.

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Saadi Yousef: A Friendship

22.02.2011 Featuring

For Adonis

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Saadi Yousef: Does the future occupy the past?

03.02.2011 Featuring

Saadi Yousef in conversation with Michael March

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