Ziyad al-Qahem


Ziyad Ahmed al-Qahem lives in Sana’a, where he works as a linguist and literary editor as well as a poet. His book If the Tip of Your Dream Could Fly was awarded Yemen’s Presidential Prize for Young Authors’ Poetry in 2012. He is the author of the poetry collection Cracking the Moon (2013), and his poetic response to Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116 was featured in the short documentary Shakespeare in Yemen (2018).

  • Ziyad al-Qahem
    Last Tuesday I wasn’t enough of a poet to note how the falling rain would split the sky It doused the fires in my heart till its casing cracked It hammered the pyramids of my mind and washed a…