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Yahia Lababidi

Yahia Lababidi is a Pushcart-nominated poet, aphorist and essayist with work appearing in such publications as AGNI, Harper’s, Rain Taxi, New Internationalist and Philosophy Now.

His work has also appeared in several anthologies, such as Geary’s Guide to the World’s Great Aphorists, where he is the only contemporary Arab poet featured. To date, Lababidi’s writing has been translated into Arabic, Slovak, Italian, Dutch, Swedish, and Turkish.  He was recently chosen as a juror for the 2012 Neustadt International Prize.

Lababidi’s first book, Signposts to Elsewhere (Jane Street Press) was selected as a 2008 Book of the Year by The Independent, UK.  His latest book is a critically-acclaimed collection of twenty-one literary and cultural essays, Trial by Ink: From Nietzsche to Belly-dancing (Common Ground Publishing).

Articles

‘Tombstone Epitaph’ and ‘Endurance’ by Yahia Lababidi

Tombstone Epitaph Here, a monk and a satyr, an ascetic and an aesthete, did...

‘Egypt’ by Yahia Lababidi

by Yahia Lababidi You are the deep fissure in my sleep, that hard reality...

Yahia Lababidi: Every Tweet

Stone Garden, Kazuyuki Ohtsu by Yahia Lababidi Poetic Ideal: a language scrubbed clean by...

‘The Artist as Mystic: Conversations with Yahia Lababidi’ by Alex Stein

From Mystic Nativity, Sandro Botticelli, 1500–1501 From The Exquisites: Alex Stein calls poetry “the...

‘Shuttered Windows’ and ‘Liberation Song’ by Yahia Lababidi

Shuttered Windows To speak of the smell and feel of books, the erotics of...

Poetry can restore our sight…

Protesters chanting against SCAF in Tahrir Square, November 2011. Photograph by Hossam el-Hamalawy. by Yahia...

‘Trial by Ink’ by Yahia Lababidi

Photograph by Linder Sterling Chapter 12: Feast of Fantasies In the wry 1986 Smiths...

23 Aphorisms by Yahia Lababidi

Commedia dell’arte, 18th Century engraving by Yahia Lababidi A fraction of a poem’s power...

‘Cairo’ by Yahia Lababidi

by Yahia Lababidi I buried your face, someplace by the side of the new...