A Monkey at The Window: Selected Poems by Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi
Publisher: The Poetry Translation Centre / Bloodaxe Books
Featured poets: Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi
'A Monkey at the Window' is Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi's first full length collection in English. Al-Raddi is one of the leading African poets writing in Arabic today. Famous in his native Sudan, the vivid imagery of his searing, lyric poems create the world afresh in their yearning for transcendence. His Collected Poems was published in Arabic in 2010. A distinguished journalist, he was forced into exile in 2012 and now lives in London.
In 2005 Saddiq’s poems were first translated into English by the Poetry Translation Centre for their first World Poets’ Tour. Since then he has received a rapturous reception from UK audiences. Last year his book 'He Tells Tales of Meroe: Poems for the Petrie Museum' was short listed for the Poetry Society's prestigious Ted Hughes Award.
'A Monkey at the Window' is a duel language collection made up of translations of Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi’s work by leading UK poets Mark Ford and Sarah Maguire. The volume incudes a translator’s introduction by Sabry Hafez illuminating the importance of Al-Raddi’s work within the Sudanese poetry tradition. A second essay ‘The Promise of Poetry’ by Sarah Maguire, the Artist Director of the PTC, relates Al-Raddi’s life as a journalist and stadium filling poet superstar in Sudan under Omar al-Bashir’s regime.