Yusuf al-Khal

Yusuf al-Khal
يوسف الخال
Yusuf al-Khal
Born (1917-12-25)December 25, 1917
Kafroun, Tartous Governorate, Syria
Died 1987
Occupation Poet

Yusuf al-Khal (Arabic: يوسف الخال; December 25, 1917[1] 1987) was a Lebanese poet of Syrian descent. He made his career largely in Lebanon. He was Greek Orthodox. He married the Syrian artist Maha Bayrakdar in 1970. Maha was a well-known painter in Damascus and she worked for several years in Lebanese media. They had two children Yusuf and Ward, who later became popular TV stars in Lebanon.

With Ali Ahmad Said (a.k.a. Adonis), al-Khal founded the magazine Shi'r ("Poetry") in Beirut in 1957.[2][3] His poetry has also been recognized in Near East poetry collections. (Nye, 76)

  • al-Khal, Yusuf. The Flag of Childhood: Poems from The Middle East. “The Deserted Well” Ed. Naomi Shihab Nye. New York: Aladdin, 1998. 76.


  1. Badawī, Muḥammad (March 1976). A Critical Introduction to Modern Arabic Poetry. Cambridge University Press. p. 241. ISBN 9780521290234.
  2. Allen, Roger. "Modern Arabic poetry". britannica.com. Britanica. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  3. Irwin, Robert. "An Arab Surrealist". The Nation. The Nation. Retrieved 4 July 2017.

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