Poems from Iraq

About Khalid Tailche

Khalid Basher Mikha Tailche received a B.A. in English from the University of Baghdad in 1990, and completed his M.A. in 2007, and Ph.D. in Literature both from the University of São Paulo in 2012. Post-doctoral research in 2015 in comparative literature from the University of São Paulo and New York University. His research in Comparative Literature deals with two Arab literary societies in the diaspora in the cities of New York and São Paulo during the first half of the 20 century.

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Yousif al-Saigh (1933-2005) is a famous Iraqi poet, novelist, playwright, essayist and painter. Two tragedies, one political and one personal, influenced his prominent literary career. Born in Mosul, Iraq, in 1930 (although some sources cite 1933 as his birth date), al-Saigh was an early political activist. He joined the Iraqi Communist Party during the late 1950s and remained an active member until the early 1970s. For his work with the Communists, he went to prison several times. Al-Saigh’s notable works of literature include Confessions (1978), The Teacher (1985), Poems of Yousef Alsaigh – Complete Collection. (1993) [Republished in 2014] among poetry; The Game (1972), The Distance (1974) among novels; The Door (1986), The Return (1987), Desdemona (1989) among plays. His mesmerizing poetry dipped in passion is being translated in English by Dr. Khalid B. M. Tailche from Poems of Yousif al Saigh: The Poetry Collection. Adib Books, Amman, 2014.


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