In his third collection, his boldest to date, Omar Sabbagh lets loose his overwrought, powerful poetic ego on an ever hostile world. These poems alternate between the visionary, the philosophical and the erotic, riddled with allusions to classical art and literature as well as Sabbagh’s own very personal cultural heritage. Throughout, he explores the juxtaposition of the Old World with the New with trademark energy, tenderness and vulnerability.
Omar Sabbagh completed an MA at Goldsmiths and a PhD at King’s College London, and is currently Visiting Assistant Professor in English and Creative Writing at the American University of Beirut. His poetry has appeared in magazines such as Agenda, Banipal, Envoi, PN Review, Poetry Review, Poetry Wales, Stand and The Reader. His first collection, My Only Ever Oedipal Complaint (Cinnamon Press, 2010), was highly commended by the 2011 Forward Prize Poetry judges, and one of the poems was selected for the Forward Book of Poetry 2012 (Faber, 2011). His second collection, The Square Root of Beirut, was published by Cinnamon Press in February 2012.