Ra’ad Abdulqadir

Ra’ad Abdulqadir


رعد عبد القادر

Ra’ad Abdulqadir, born in 1953, was an Iraqi poet and journalist. He earned a PhD in Islamic philosophy and was a pioneer of the Iraqi prose poem. He began publishing his work in the 1970s, and during his lifetime published around 15 books of poetry. He was a lifelong editor of the literary magazine, Aqlam, considered one of the best in the Arab world. Living under a dictatorship and surviving the Iraq-Iran War, the Gulf War, and sanctions, Ra’ad, as writer and translator Mona Kareem put it “processes collective despair with a tone of subtle sarcasm­—a quality unusual of Iraqi poetry.” Ra’ad died in 2003.

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Date of birth : 1953
Date of death: 2003
Country of birth: Iraq
Country of residence: Iraq
Publisher(s): Dar Al Mada
Contact: Haydar Raad

Selected bibliography

  • عصر التسلية: صقر فوق رأسه الشمس, Falcon With Sun Overhead*, Dar Al Mada, 2006
  • أوبرا الأميرة الضائعة, The Opera of the Lost Princess*, Dar Al Shu’un, 2000
  • جوائز السنة الكبيسة, Leap Year Prizes*, Dar Al Shu’un, 1995
  • مرايا الأسئلة, Mirrors of Questions*, Dar Al Shu’un, 1979

English translations of poems:

*Working title


Ra’ad cemented his place as a game-changer for the Iraqi prose poem by Lithub, May 2021

His objects shimmer with an eerie vibrancy, often taking on human qualities by Kenyon Review, April 2021

Review of Ra’ad Abdulqadir’s This Unseen Thread by Broadkill Review, April 2021

Book(s) featured on this site

Reviewed by Diqqa.net