Abdellatif Laâbi (1942) is a poet, novelist, dramatist and translator born in Fez, Morocco. He started writing in mid-1960s, when he started the famous Moroccan culturo-political magazine Souffles. For the texts published in the magazine he was sentenced to eight years in prison, between 1972 and 1980. After he served his time, he emigrated to France in 1985 and has been living in Paris ever since.
Laâbi published his first novel L’Œil et la Nuit in 1969. He has since published eighteen poetry collections, four dramas, four novels and several essays and memoirs, among which is Le Fond de la jarre. His works have been translated into Arabic, Spanish, German, Italian, Dutch, Turkish and English.
Laâbi is an important francophone voice of Moroccan poetry and one of the greatest living poets. He has been awarded the Goncourt prize in 2009.
L'arbre à poèmes is an anthological poetry selection by Abdellatif Laâbi, one of the most prominent contemporary Moroccan-French poets, winner of the prestigious Goncourt prize (2009). This collection includes the poems from nine different poetry collections published between 1992 and 2012.