I just read Joseph Braude’s excellent review of Reuven Snir’s enticing anthology of Baghdad poems, which I reviewed last month.  Braude confirms my contention that–while it feels a bit ungrateful to say so–Snir owes his readers more context for the poems.  The informative comments Braude offers about the poet Su’ad al-Sabah, for instance, are indicative of many biographical details about the poets we’d like to have as we read the poems.  Still, as we both write, this is a splendid compilation of poems that whet the appetite for more.

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