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Review by Justin Hill

Chronicles of a Lordlordland
The Jade Ladder, edited by W. N. Herbert and Yang Lian,
with Brian Holton and Qin Xiaoyu, Bloodaxe, 2012

Chairman Mao was a poet of some distinction, apparently: his collections still sell, and friends tell me they’re really very good. But despite his poetic talents, Mao doesn’t make it into The Jade Ladder, the new colle...

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By Fawzi Karim

Translated by Anthony Howell (Editor) and Abbas Kadhim

Carcanet 2011, ISBN: 978 1 847770 63 9

Fawzi Karim writes boldly and beautifully about the difficulties of living within the constraints of wartime Iraq and furthermore about the physical and metaphysical constraints of living beyond them. Alive with the sights, smells and sounds of Baghdad there are scenes of violence and destruction, corpses and ‘shackled bodies’: ‘Now I smell the roasting of a thigh,’, but we also find scenes of tenderness: encountering the poet as a small child, his head in his ‘mother’s deepest folds’ and as a young man in Bagdad’s taverns: ‘It’s in the glass, the city shimmers/ Like water, water and palms.’

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