Asaad Al-Jabbouri

By Aqel Al-Awaite

In his “virtual sky mail”, Asaad Al-Jabbouri, the poet and critic, engages in an imaginary dialogue with dead poets from different eras and different cultures opening the once closer poetic doors to possibilities of greater and imaginative understanding of various poetic traditions. The dialogue with the dead as a literary device allows the critic to draw on his vast knowledge of poets from different cultures and different eras.

Asaad Al-Jabbouri’s “virtual sky mail” made of fantasy and dreams, allows greater questioning of the past as well as questioning the meanings of concepts such as the possibility of freedom under different cultural traditions and times.

In his virtual mail, Asaad Al-Jabbouri travels a greater of various poetic traditions. Although, the work is done in semi dream world, it shows that  Al-Jabbouri   went into great pain not to neglect the accurate details of the lives of these poets and the context in which these poems were written. It is meticulously footnoted like any academic work would; yet it has the poetic taste of lucid prose.

The vastness of his knowledge of world poetry is nothing short of impressive.

This literally device brings to life what otherwise we might imagine as the dead past . The dialogues are vivid. The kind of questions asked and the imagined answers are both believable and credible.

It pleases me to write this review. This imagine daialoug requires a collective effort of global literely minds to appreciate the sensibility and the euphoria that I felt when I was reading this amazing literary work.

About the author of the review:

Aqel Al-Awaite is the editor of Al Nahar Literary Supplement in Beirut. He teaches modern literature and journalism at Saint Joseph University in Beirut. He has published ten poetry collections and his poems were translated into French, English, Spanish, Italian and German.



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part One

Conversations with poets sleeping in the rooms of the unseen

Introduction to the book

Dr. Mazen Aktham Soliman



  1. Arthur Rambo

Amal Dunkoul

  1. Actavio Bath

5 – Mohammed Almagout

6 – Ezra Pound

7 – Mohammed Mahdi Jawahiri

8-Frukhzad Farouk

9 – Nizar Qabbani

  1. Homer

Mahmoud Darwish

12-Federico Garcia Lorca

  1. Yousef Al-Khal
  2. TS Eliot
  3. Ahmed Barakat
  4. Fernando Pessoa
  5. Tayseer Spoul
  6. Charles Bokowski

19 – Said Aql

  1. Gabriela Mastral

21- Abdul Wahab al-Bayati

  1. Vladimir Maya Kovski
  2. Ahmed Rashid Thani
  3. Andre Breton
  4. Abu al-Tayeb al-Mutanabi

26- Sanaa Saleh


  1. Khalil Hawi
  2. Sylvia Plath
  3. Ali Al-Jundi
  4. Charles Baudelaire
  5. Sarkon Polis
  6. Allen Ginsberg
  7. Mahmoud Al-Breikan
  8. Joyce Mansour
  9. Gibran Khalil Gibran
  10. Ghazi Al-Gosaibi

38- Mohammed Miftah al-Fitouri

  1. Ahmed Shawki

40 – Abdullah al-Bardouni


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Poets with the smell of depression, sex and suicide

The second part

Introduction to the mind of Awaite


  1. Dante Alighieri
  2. Anna Akhmatova
  3. Bassam Hajjar
  4. Emily Dickinson
  5. Nadia Tueni
  6. ​​Hamid Badrakhan
  7. Matsue Basho
  8. Jean Demo
  9. Thomas Transtromer
  10. Badawi mountain
  11. Ahmed Shamloo
  12. Percy Chile
  13. Ahmed El-Magati
  14. Yannis Ritsus
  15. Mohammed Al-Thubaiti
  16. St. John Pierce
  17. Juan Khelman
  18. Jalal al-Din al-Roumi
  19. Edith Sittul
  20. Abdel-Amir Al-Hasiri
  21. Tristan Zara
  22. Antonio Machado
  23. Waltman
  24. Omar Khayyam
  25. Marina Tsvetayeva


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Post-paper poets

the third part


66- Abu al-Ala al-Ma’ari

67-Ted Hughes

68- Hilmi Salem

  1. Maya Angelo

70- Hussein Mardan

  1. William Shakespeare
  2. Yves Bonfwa
  3. Michel Strong
  4. Paul Elloir

75- The people of Al-Qais

  1. Jack Brevere
  2. Gebran Khalil Gibran
  3. Jean Cocteau

79- Al-Nafri

80- Nicanor Bar

81- Fouad Rifqa

  1. Pierre Paolo Pasolini
  2. Alfonsina Struni
  3. Juan Ramon Jiménez
  4. René Char
  5. George Byron
  6. Amy Cesar
  7. Sergey Lisinin
  8. Abu Nawas
  9. Jorge Luis Borges


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part Four

91. Alexander Block

92. Suhrab Sabhari

93. Guillaume Apollinaire

49. Shirko Pique S.

95. Pablo Neruda

96. Paul Farlin

97. Johann Christian Friedrich Holderlin

98- Tarfa bin al-Abd

99. Henry Misho

100. Paul Valerie

101. William Butler Yeats

102 – Omar bin Abi Rabia

103. Allen Ginsberg-

104. Salah Abdel-Sabour

105. Maria Railke



108 – Orkhan facilitator

109-H. Anderson

110. Nazem Hekmat

111. Friedrich Schiller

112-Alfons de Lamartine

113-Edith Sodergerand