Sayed Gouda

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Sayed Gouda (born 1968, Cairo) is an Egyptian poet and novelist.[1] He majored in the Chinese language. Sayed Gouda won a first prize of poetry in 1990 before he migrated to Hong Kong in 1992. He has three books of poetry in the Arabic language and a novel in the English language called Once Upon a Time in Cairo. He has translated hundreds of poems from and into Arabic, Chinese, and English. His works and translations have appeared in Arabic, English, Chinese, French, German, Spanish, Macedonian, Uzbek, Thai, and Mongolian. Currently he is the editor of a literary website called Nadwah in five languages: Arabic, Chinese,English, French, and German. Sayed Gouda has organized a monthly literary salon in Hong Kong since April 2004. Most of his translations have already been published in several periodicals in Egypt, China, and Hong Kong. Sayed Gouda has been invited to participate in many international poetry festivals around the world like Man Hong Kong Literary Festival in Hong Kong (2002–2007), International Poetry Festival of Cairo in Egypt (2007, 2009), Qinghai International Poetry Festival in China (2007 & 2011), Struga Poetry Nights in Macedonina (2009) and so on.

Works Published[edit]

Translation Works[edit]

  • Bottle of Glue – a collection of poems translated from Arabic into Chinese and English published in Hong Kong in 2007

Upcoming Works[edit]

What They Say about Sayed Gouda[edit]

The Peruvian poet Jorge Palma says about the poet: Sayed Gouda, el poeta, no negocia, presenta su mundo particular, su paraíso perdido, y con la verdad (la suya, intransferible) se revela. Desde su propia montaña, se declara abiertamente en contra de la Injusticia, el desorden, en una realidad dislocada; poesía en verdadero contrapunto con un mundo vacío de contenido, donde el poeta queda solo, anunciando sus verdades frente a la incomprensión de un mundo distraído, mayoritariamente carente de sensibilidad.

[Sayed Gouda, the poet, does not negotiate. He presents his own world, his paradise lost, and with the truth – his own, non-transferable – he reveals himself. From his own mountain, he speaks out openly against injustice and disruption in a disjointed reality; poetry in stark contrast with a world devoid of substance, where the poet is left alone, announcing his truths in the face of the incomprehension of an inattentive world largely devoid of sensitivity.]

Moroccan critic bin-Isa bu-Hmalah says about his collection of poems Between a Broken Dream and Hope: ‘. . . we can sketch the poetic identity that floats in the book and represents the poet himself. That poetic identity that has the same characteristics of migration, supremacy, and prophethood in an immoral, miserable, and unpoetic world that represents the ugly face of the world . . . [the poet’s] overwhelming sense of prophethood, together with the image of a crucified prophet, is similar to the image of Jesus in its universal imagination. This is what the poet proclaims in the headline that prefaces his collection: (O my heart, crucified on the pole of dream, / you look at them from above, in renunciation / they see you crucified, / void of will / but you see them an emptiness, / a mere illusion)’.

Egyptian poet and critic Yasser Uthman writes about his poem 'Under the Cross of Spartacus': ‘In this poem what satisfies the desire of interpretation and answers the reader’s instinct as he searches for the three dimensions of the poem’s words. . . . The text, selected here, is fond of employing signs and infatuated for playing the game of symbols and persona’.


  1. ^ "Sayed Gouda". Blacksmith Books. Retrieved 2009-04-06.