Riyad al-Salih al-Hussein
Riyad al-Salih al-Hussein (1954-1982) suffered throughout his short life from deafness, kidney failure, and diabetes. He scrounged a meager living working various menial jobs. He channeled his ailments, loves, and politics into unrhymed free verse that is at once simple and disarming. His poetry somehow foresees the devastation in Syria today.