Fawzi Karim is a well-known Iraqi poet, writer and painter. Born in Baghdad in 1945, he was educated at Baghdad University before embarking on a career as a freelance writer. He lived in Lebanon from 1969-1972 and has lived in London since 1978. The Ivory Tower, his column on poetry and European classical music has appeared in a number of influential Arabic newspapers and is respected for its emphasis on the transcendent value of art and culture. He has published more than fourteen books of poetry, including a two volume Collected Poems (2000), The Foundling Years (2003), The Last Gypsies (2005) and Night of Abel Alaa (2008). He is also the author of eight books of prose, including The Emperor's Clothes: on Poetry (2000), Diary of The End of a Nightmare (2005), Gods the Companion: on music (2009).
Decidedly, Fawzi Karim is a poet for our times, with his strong yet beautiful voice, his indignation, his protests - and the haunting memories of certain lines that seem intended for all of us, but that few of us can hear in the endless tumult of what is still called 'life'. James Kirkup