Miracle Maker: The Selected Poems of Fadhil Al-Azzawi

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This collection features poems from Al-Azzawi’s six previous Arabic poetry collections and many new poems. Springing from classical Arabic poetry, his poems speak to political exile, -cultural marginalization, and Middle Eastern and Western histories and mythologies. Al-Azzawi employs -humor, melancholy and tenderness to celebrate new worlds of possibility.

Fadhil Al-Azzawi was born in 1940 in Kirkuk, Iraq. By the time he was -fifteen, he was publishing poems in the leading Arab...

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Overview

This collection features poems from Al-Azzawi’s six previous Arabic poetry collections and many new poems. Springing from classical Arabic poetry, his poems speak to political exile, -cultural marginalization, and Middle Eastern and Western histories and mythologies. Al-Azzawi employs -humor, melancholy and tenderness to celebrate new worlds of possibility.

Fadhil Al-Azzawi was born in 1940 in Kirkuk, Iraq. By the time he was -fifteen, he was publishing poems in the leading Arab literary magazines in Beirut and Baghdad. Al-Azzawi -currently lives in London.

Khaled Mattawa (Translator) is the author of a -collection of poetry, Ismailia Eclipse, and the translator of two books of contemporary Arabic poetry, Hatif Janabi’s Questions and Their Retinue and Saddi Youssef’s Without an Alphabet, Without a Face.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Making of a Miracle Maker 9
The Clown and the Dancer 21
Romeo in Old Age 22
Prisoner No. 907 23
The Buddhist's Masks 24
Mr. Edouard Luqa's Dilemma 26
A Bell 28
The Teachings of F. Al-Azzawi 29
Song of the Dead Arab 39
The Murdered 40
The Pedestrian 41
Sometimes We are Born 42
The Opening 45
The Valley of the Beasts 46
Write Your Name on Every Pain 47
Man Is Nothing but a Woodsman in the Forest 48
Abdullah Begs from the Sea 49
The Key 50
The Lover 51
In the Village of Children 52
A Donkey at a Mill 53
An Appointment in Samarra 54
The Room 55
In Prison 56
Signs 57
The Dragon's Mountain 58
The Life and Times of the Dragon 59
So That We Do Not Forget 60
Happiness 61
Epilogue 62
Defiance 67
The Rope 68
Brotherhood 69
Cockroach 70
The Three Kings 71
The Last Iraq 72
Memory 73
In the Court of Honor 77
Vision on a Bus 78
A Man in Memory 79
Song of Myself 82
Good Morning, God 85
The Prodigal Son Returns 87
No Matter How Far 92
God and the Devil 94
Elegy for the Living 95
A Movie in a Train Station 105
From an Open Window unto a Dark Street 106
Toasts 107
Nothing Happens in My Dreams Anymore 108
The Book of Lies 109
Night Soldiers 111
The Russian Elegy 112
On the Griffon Farm 114
The Magi in Our House 115
The IF Poem 117
The Widow on Her Balcony 118
Abraham in the Garden of Fire 119
The Lion and the Apostle 123
Newton's Apple 124
Noah After the Flood 125
On Half-Deserted Streets with Prufrock 126
The Surprise 128
Lenin Platz in Berlin 129
Toasting Betrayed Revolutions 130
Before the Sky Had a Name 132
Miracle Maker 134
Feast in Candlelight 135
Notes on the Poems 137
Acknowledgments 139
About the Author 141
About the Translator 143
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