Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi is one of the leading African poets writing in Arabic today. He has gained a wide audience in his native Sudan for his imaginative approach to poetry and for the delicacy and emotional frankness of his lyrics. His poetry has always been concerned with the rich cultural and linguistic diversity of Sudan and its complex history.
Saddiq was born in 1969 and grew up in Omdurman Khartoum where he lived until forced into exile in 2012. From 2006, he was the cultural editor of Al-Sudani newspaper until he was sacked from his position for political reasons (along with 22 other colleagues) in July 2012 during the uprising against the dictatorship of Omar Al-Bashir. Saddiq only... more »
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Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi Poems
Awoken by light, I scratch the glass of dreams, and find myself
Poetry - may you be a green body. May you be a language
The body of a bird in your mouth breathing songs.
Are You the One?
I only notice a woman who gets no notice
A Monkey at the Window
The little boy, playing in bed while his wounded mother cooks,
Facing down wind in a dust-storm, wrapped up in his cloak
Orchards surround his homes; there, translucent moonlight falls
Your heart thumps as if she were already
What tempts a barman in the small hours? Nursing a drink that bores him,
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Awoken by light, I scratch the glass
of dreams, and find myself
stepping free of shadows and silence.
In the distance a star was absorbing
my tiredness, and itself heading like a pilgrim
towards you, leaving blank its place in the heavens.
In the green pits of our being our inner
threads yearn; this radiance, that makes me feel I own
herds of horses, am as inspired as any knight -
what is its source? Shocked
into words, I defied the book-burners, the suffocators
of thought and feeling, all who'd censor and shroud knowledge.
And a violet blossomed fiercely in...