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