Swimming in the Tigris, London: Cityscapes in Fawzi Karim’s Poems

1-2pm, 25 March 2024, Arts Seminar Room 5

Dr Fabio Caiani

In his major work, Plague Lands (1995), the late Iraqi poet Fawzi Karim (Baghdad, 1945 -London, 2019) revisits the Baghdad of his childhood and youth. In an attempt to transcend the troubled time of Iraqi modern history, he merges his own autobiographical time with the time of myth, a rich temporal crucible symbolised by the river Tigris. Therein emerges an evocative map of a lost city that begins to merge with that of London, the site of Fawzi’s exile.

Fawzi Karim, ‘The Swimmer’, 1998