مقال ممتاز عن لقاء اليافطة بقلم صديقي ورفيقي العزيز زكريا جابر صدر اليوم في مجلة العربي الجديد: لقاء اليافطة ..الشارع هو البداية ولا نهاية لتلك القصيدة

A great article of el Yafta by my dear friend Zakaria Jaber, published today in Al-Araby Al Jadeed magazine. Click to Read Article

“اجتمع أعضاء “لقاء اليافطة” على أنّ الثورة لا تبدأ إلّا من خلال الثقافة، الأدب والفن. فالثورة التي يراها ويرويها هؤلاء، “لن تكون متلفزة.. لكنها ستكتب بكل الأقلام، وبكل اللغات”.”

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31 January, el Yafta Session @ LOFT 21, Hamra

It is happening! The upcoming poetry/spoken word and live Art session is the first one being organized by el Yafta – without me in Beirut! All the Ink & Poetry fail to describe how proud I am of everyone working on this.
So friends & friends of friends, join them – the Urban Misfits & Gents, the Martyrs of the Night – for a night of breathtaking poetry recitals and live Art & music.

Setting:
LOFT 21, Hamra, Beirut
Saturday, January 31, 2015 9:00pm

 

Playlist:
Zakaria Jaber
Assem Bazzi
Carmina Khairallah
Ihssan Azmeh
Majd Shidiac
Farah Aridi
Sara Sibai
Mazen El Sayed (ELRASS)
Chris Khatch
Thea Khoury
Mhmd ElHalwani

 

Musical Playlist:
Jawad El-Mawla

Free Entrance

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The movement – still radical and revolutionary – is cultural revolt, inspired by every kind of revolution that happened or might have happened, feeding off ink spilled by generations preceding us, adopting every language it could understand, occupying street corners and sidewalks, marching into bars and coffee shops, ranting and lurking and drinking and exploding on paper and howling poetry and music and paint and whatever. We found ourselves a brigade of Ink banners, staring at our reflections in the sea, desperately trying to understand, seeking salvation or reconciliation, feeding our wanderlust, looking for a home. We found ourselves asking questioning identity and roots – redefining our relationship with our culture, our country, and ourselves in the first place…
It is not about a person, or a place, it is an idea – one which never dies, because someone will always pick up the pen, and the Yafta.
I was not about fronting a revolution – all we wanted was to sustain a revolutionary front.

(Our Banner, Our Pen – Walad)

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Tonight’s Recital postponed due to storm

Friends & friends of friends,
Given the blinding sunshine and the amazing moderately warm weather in New York (what? Blizzard? Where? Wots dat??) and the ensuring forecasts about how the snow will pile up and cover us all (especially the relatively short ones like myself) and how the transportation will be just perfect this evening/night, i am affraid that my recital at the Bowery will be postponed until next Monday.

Apologies in advance to all who had planned to attend and support! Thank you all for the support!
Stay warm and pile up your liquor of preference, and food, if applicable/relevant (copyrights: Jeremy Randall) and enjoy the beach!
A heart and a shot of good old bourbon to you all!

See you next Monday!
Salam

26 January, el Walad @ the Bowery Poetry Club, NYC

Friends & friends of friends, I will be performing for the first time in NYC at the Bowery Poetry Club this coming Monday, 26th of January, at 9m, and I would love to see you all there!

I will be the featured “poet” at the The Poet in New York event and will be reciting some of my own poems and others by my beloved friend, the Pearl, Dayna Ash

so join me, and let us celebrate life & Home with poetry and music.

Come Many, Come merry

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