Time is always there. May you always have it.
Finally, a culmination of years of hard work. It’s finally on Amazon.
For more information, academics will be interested in my article on Media Diversified.
This is going to be a vague post. Maybe my last post, I don’t know. Maybe it’s just a request for a time-out.
I have so much love for everyone who has ever supported me, stood by my side, listened to my theories on humanity and nonsensical stories. I have so much appreciation for eyes that light up. I have love for people who fight every day to stay alive. And more importantly, to stay real. These are the ones I admire.
Thank you– to the ones I love. You know who you are.
Signing off (for awhile)..
My latest interview in Bazaar magazine. Pick up a copy at any local Starbucks.
Last night, January 16th, 2017 was a beautiful night, at least in my journey. I was invited for a book discussion with a wonderful group, ‘Book Therapy Kuwait.’ They also invited two other groups/associations, ‘The Divan’ and ‘Kuwait Poets Society.’ I am still speechless and unable to find the words to describe the vibrant energy and creativity that exploded yesterday! I will simply post the videos to speak for themselves. After the book discussion, Kuwait Poets Society had three of their brilliant members perform/read their poetry in response to my book Forget the Words. I was left awe-struck and my jaw dropped at the way they were able to react to the work, the way they reshaped it, re-envisioned it, and produced their own poetic contributions. The three women poets each responded in a different way, each her own twist, and yet, they all chose words/lines from my work that resonated with them. It was mind-blowing, to say the least.
Nada Faris is a published writer and for copyright issues I won’t be posting her rendition of the work, but her work is accessible on http://www.nadafaris.com. Nada is a performance poet and an avid writer. She had the entire audience awe-struck once she finished reading her poem. I was not surprised with Nada’s creativity and ease with words! I have followed her work closely throughout the years and respect her professionalism and loyalty to poetry and its various outputs.
Farah Al-Wugayan, “xxmantras” on social media, is also in the process of publishing her own book. Farah wrote and shared two poems. She responded to “Presence” and “Belong.” Farah was brilliant in her ability to feel EXACTLY what I was struggling to express, this idea of belonging/not belonging. I sat there, completely mesmerized. As always, her work is magical and heartfelt, pouring poetic jouissance into her audience.
Rawa Majdi, the founder of Kuwait Poets Society, one of the most productive and supportive women I met, also was on stage. She wrote a heartbreaking poem, a response to “A Room Without Light.” I will post both of her readings, of my work, and then her own depiction of the text. Rawa was able to have us all transfixed on her interpretation of the words. As she spoke, I felt pieces of my heart break, and I was moved by her choice of words, her ability to allude to the “madness” in love.
All in all, there was so much soul, poetry, and magic that night. That is the beauty of words, of language, of connection. Yesterday we were all brought together because of the love for writing, the love for words, and the endless support we have for each other. Strangers, friends, colleagues, students of mine, poets, readers – everyone was radiating. Blessed. Here’s to a wonderful start to 2017!
below: Nada Faris
Last two videos: Rawa
Finally a quick glimpse from the discussion
My friends Rawa Majdi and Farah Al-Wugayan from Kuwait Poets Society and I all read poetry in response to Dr. Shahd al-Shemmari’s book Forget the Words. Here’s Shahd’s poem. And here’s my response: It was an interesting process, reading a book/poem and responding to it. […]