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Adeeb Kamal Ad-Deen


Biography of Adeeb Kamal Ad-Deen

Adeeb Kamal Ad-Deen poet

Adeeb Kamal Ad-Deen (Arabic: أديب كمال الدين‎) (born 1953) is an Iraqi Australian poet, journalist and translator writing in Arabic and in English.
Adeeb Kamal Ad-Deen studied Economics and English Literature at the Baghdad University and has a Diploma of Interpreting (Arabic-English) from the Adelaide Institute of TAFE in South Australia.
He has published 14 poetry collections and won the major prize of Iraqi poetry in 1999. His poetry has been translated into many languages and reviewed by many Iraqi and Arabic critics and published in Man of Letters: 33 critics write about Adeeb Kamal Ad-Deen's poetry (edited by Dr. Migdad Rahim). On the same subject, the Syrian critic Dr. Saleh Arrazzouk has published his book The Social and Knowledgeable Matter in Adeeb Kamal Ad-Deen's Poetry, and the Tunisian critic Dr. Hayet Khyari published her book Add a Letter N.
As a translator, he has translated into Arabic short stories and poems from Australia, Japan, New Zealand, China and the United States.
Adeeb Kamal Ad-Deen lives in Australia as an Australian citizen. He has been a guest at Friendly Street Poets in Adelaide in 2004 and at the Gallery de la Catessen in Adelaide in 2006 and at South Australian writers' centre in 2012. Some of his poems have been published in The Best Australian Poems 2007 (edited by Peter Rose), The Best Australian Poems 2012" (edited by John Tranter) and in Southerly, Meanjin among other magazines.

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An Attempt at Eulogy

At forty years old
In the fortieth year
I sat at the door of a dream.
The dream was as lean as a lost date
As good as Bedouin fire.
The playing cards were showing its picture
With or without a crown
In a formal uniform or with ‘iqal* on head.
I became aware of its silence.

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