Abd al-Rahman Fakhri, Yemeni poet and literary critic, Died at 79


Abdulrahman Fakhri was born in 1936,in Aden and died on August 21, 2016.

He was a Yemeni poet and literary critic.

Fakhri studied political science at the American University of Beirut.

Abd al-Rahman Fakhriserved as Deputy Minister at the Yemeni Ministry of Justice and later as Adviser at the Yemeni Ministry of Culture & Guidance as well as Secretary-General of the Yemeni Writers Union prior to taking up a position at the United Nations Secretariat in New York from 1978 to 1996.

Abd al-Rahman Fakhri retired from the United Nations in 1997 and returned to live in Aden, Yemen.

He was highly noted as a modernist poet in Arabic.

Fakhri’s first volume of poetry Etchings on the Stone of the Age came out in 1978, while his first book of criticism Words and Other Words was published in 1983.

His poems was translated in English, notably in Salma Khadra Jayyusi’s 1988 anthology of modern Arabian literature.

Abd al-Rahman Fakhri’s other poetry books include “Out of These Songs Brought Sadness to Asfahani” published in 2000; and “From the Basket of the Butterfly”, released in 2007.

He died in New York.

Abd al-Rahman Fakhri passed away at 79 years old.