Sargon Boulus

(1944-2007 / Iraq)

Sargon Boulus
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Sargon Boulus (Syriac: ܣܪܓܢ ܦܘܠܘܨ, Arabic: سركون بولص‎, 1944 – October 22, 2007) was an Iraqi-Assyrian poet and short story writer.
In 1967, he left for Beirut, where he worked as a journalist and a translator. He later emigrated to the United States, and from 1968 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 and has translated W. S. Merwin, Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, Michael McClure, and others.

Sargon was born to an Assyrian family in the British-built 7-mile enclave of Habbaniya, ... more »

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Tea with Mouayed al-Rawi

Our cigarette packs
close to hand (that secret fuel) . . .
The babble of immigrants
slapping dominoes on marbletops:
a noise familiar once,
out of which
a word may flare up amid the smoke -
born there, refusing
to die here.
If we don't say it, who will?
And who are we
if we don't?

Not about what came
to pass; how it came, and passed!
But about this spoon buried
in sugar, and this finjan.
Not that Wall whose remains
are sold as souvenirs
at check-point Charlie where
only yesterday
they exchanged spies
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