PODCAST: Egyptian-American Aphorist Yahia Lababidi on Writing, Poetry, and His Book 'Balancing Acts'

From The Mantle's Podcast

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In this edition of The Mantle's podcast, Shaun Randol speaks with Egyptian-American writer Yahia Lababidi on the occasion of the publication of his sixth book, Balancing Acts: New and Select Poems: 1993 - 2015 (Press53). In this conversation, Yahia reveals his writing routines and habits (or lack thereof), which poets he admires, what he learned about himself in putting together Balancing Acts, how Egypt continues to drive his imagination, and why, if pressed, he considers himself more of an aphorist than a poet. 


BONUS: Yahia reads two poems from this collection. 


Listen to the podcast here.


Related links:

* Reviews of Balancing Acts by World Literature Today and Alexandria Quarterly

* "Poetry, and Journalism of the Spirit" by Yahia for The Mantle 

* Yahia on Soundcloud

* Yahia reads Warsan Shire's "Home"

* Yahia reads Czeslaw Milosz's "Ars Poetica?"



Egypt, Poetry, Podcast

Shaun Randol

Shaun Randol founded The Mantle in 2009. Today he is the Editor-in-Chief and Publisher. You can email him at shaun [at] themantle.com. Shaun is the co-editor of Gambit: Newer African Writing (The Mantle, 2014). He is also a member of the PEN American Center and serves on the boards of Nomadic Press and Africa Book Link.