Sargon Boulos
  • Gender:Male
  • ISNI:0000000112090136
  • Year of Birth:1944, Iraq
  • Year of Death:2007, Berlin, Germany

Sargon Boulus was an Iraqi-Assyrian poet and short story writer. Born in 1944, he died on 22 October 2007.[1] He was born in Habbaniyah, Iraq. In 1967, he immigrated to 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 started publishing poems and short stories as a teenager in various Iraqi journals and magazines, and started to translate American and British poetry into Arabic. As he became recognized among his peers, he eventually sent his poetry to Beirut where they were published in the prominent publication Shi'r ("Poetry"). Through many tribulations, Sargon traveled by land and mostly by foot from Baghdad to Beirut where he met his lifelong colleagues and fellow poets. He later made San Francisco his base for almost four decades. He lived a quiet life of an artist, writing poetry and sometimes painting.

The combination of a rich Assyrian-Iraqi heritage and exposure to a variety of literary classics enabled Sargon to develop a unique poetic style and a worldview that was uncommon in the 1960s Iraqi poet community. Over time his style emerged to a tepid reception in part due to his departure from the traditional structure of his contemporaries. While free verse poetry had been in use for hundreds of years, it was considered to be modern and unconventional. Sargon Boulus was very aware of his gift for writing and consequently he did not want to be branded as an ethnic or political writer, rather a humanist "mining the hidden areas of what has been lived through". Poets continue the work of past poets and Sargon considered himself part of that chain of privileged messengers of words. His inspiration emanates from the work of poets spanning from ninth century Abu Tammam to Wordsworth, Yeats, W. C. Williams and Henry Miller just to name a few. Memories nurtured his themes, particularly childhood impressions. "What guides my steps / to that pool hidden / in the country / of childhood".

Published works
  • Knife Sharpener: Selected Poems Sargon Boulus, By (author), Banipal Publishing, 2009, Book
  • The First and the Next, By (author), Al Kamel Verlag, 2008, Book

Source : MWAK