The Kurdish poet Mardin Ibrahim
Mardin Ibrahim was born in the village of Kanakawa in Kurdistan. He was born in an era of cynicism and unease, a period which seemed destined for fatalism. It was a time of war and this seemed to greatly affect Ibrahim's usually lengthy writing style and themes which took on a more depressed and sombre atmosphere as most literary works did during that age. Ibrahim is currently residing in the UK where he is taking courses and studying.
Ibrahim's more popular works, a poem about his home, "Kanakawa", showcases the entire pointlessness of war, in which soldiers fight for a home that no longer remembers them due to its desolation over time and fighting.
"Your aged rocks were my only toys; Your narrow roads were my only cradle; I was your shabby clothed orphan, your faithful knight; Protecting you from devastating winds; Fighting for you insanely with my wooden sword; When I left you your dusty vineyards, your deserted cemeteries, your poisonous rivers, sleepy frogs in tobacco fields were weeping on my shoulders; Am I still not your barefoot child?"
Almost like an ode to broken childhood dreams and memories, Ibrahim delves into the complexities that are effects of war. Overall, his works consist of a variety of different topics but have the same tone most of the time. Ibrahim is an inspiration to all who truly study his works.