Sargon Boulus

Sargon Boulus


سركون بولص

Boulus was born in Habbaniyah, Iraq, to Assyrian parents. He studied journalism at Baghdad University and later worked as a journalist, before moving to Beirut in 1967, where he worked as a journalist and a translator. He later emigrated to the United States, and from 1968 onwards lived in San Francisco. He studied comparative literature at the University of California at Berkeley, and sculpture at Skyline College. An avant-garde and thoroughly modern writer, his poetry has been published in major Arab magazines. He translated poems by Sylvia Plath, Allen Ginsberg, Pablo Neruda and Rainer Maria Rilke, among others into Arabic.

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Date of birth : 1944
Date of death: 2007
Country of birth: Iraq
Country of residence: Iraq, Lebanon & USA

Selected bibliography

  • ناقصة, Incomplete Biography*, Al Kamel Verlag, Germany, 2018
  • الحياة قرب الأكروبول, Life Near the Acropolis*, Al Kamel Verlag, Germany, 2008
  • عظمة أخرى لكلب القبيلة, A Bone for the Tribe’s Dog*, Dar Al Jamal, Beirut/Baghdad, 2008
  • الوصول إلى مدينة أين, Dar Al Jamal, Beirut/Baghdad, 2003
  • حامل الفانوس في ليل الذئاب, Dar Al Jamal, Beirut/Baghdad, 1996
  • إذا كنت نائما في مركب نوح, Dar Al Jamal, Beirut/Baghdad, 1998

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French translation:


Sargon Boulus, poète du passage intérieur (in French) by L’Orient littéraire, June 2014

It was an exciting time for Arabic poetry, with a rejection of classical forms that had held sway for a millennium and more by The Guardian, January 2008

Sargon Boulus has the rare experience of being an Arab poet who has been part of the American poetry scene since the late 1960s by Banipal, January 2008

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