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Iraqi poet Sargon Boulus remains one of the Arab world's best-known and influential of contemporary poets. Born into an Iraqi Assyrian family and growing up in Al-Habbaniyah, Kirkuk and Baghdad, Sargon started publishing his own work in 1961, in the groundbreaking Shi'r [poetry] magazine in Beirut. After settling in San Francisco in the late 1960's, he became an unstoppable translator of most of the major English-language modern poets into Arabic and many others, and dedicated his life to reading, writing and translating poetry, every so often making forays to Europe to meet up with fellow exiles and perform at festivals. He died in Berlin, October 2007.