arcana imperii :: the book of j


«poetry to the people»

today's guardian, has published an article by jo tatchell about the remarkable story of a poem that defied a dictator... a tragic epic by an iraqi exile, only one thousand copies ever printed. yet, secretly and by word of mouth, the poem brother yasin became a symbol of resistance to saddam.

«the penalty for both this and any distribution of such works was savage, ranging from imprisonment, the loss of a tongue or hand, to death with retribution against family and friends thrown in for good measure. there were, however, brave individuals who routinely risked their liberty and lives to ensure literature and culture were kept alive within iraq.»