Yahia Lababidi

Yahia Lababidi (@YahiaLababidi), Egyptian American, is the author of seven books of poetry and prose. His latest book, Where Epics Fail: Aphorisms on Art, Morality and Life of the Spirit, was featured on the PBS NewsHour and generously endorsed by Richard Blanco, Barack Obama’s inaugural poet. Balancing Acts: New & Selected Poems (1993–2015) debuted at #1 on Amazon’s Hot New Releases in 2016.

  • A rock being whipped by ocean waves from above with the cover to the Rimbaud biography inset on the right side of the image
    January 10, 2019 | Yahia Lababidi
    Enrapture Captivating Media / Unsplash What becomes a legend most? Great talent, suffering, and mystery . . . three ingredients that French poet Arthur Rimbaud possessed in spades. General readers w...
  • A photo of a figure, cloaked in red, sitting atop a mountain overlooking a wide vista below
    May 16, 2018 | Yahia Lababidi
    Photo: Zakaria Wakram Theologians may quarrel, but the mystics of the world speak the same language. – Meister Eckhart We live in unexemplary times, maddened by fear, murde...
  • An immigrant in the Dulles International Airpot, Jan. 28, 2017.
    February 6, 2017 | Yahia Lababidi
    Geoff Livingston, “America Is a Land of Immigrants,” Dulles International Airport, January 28, 2017 Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal used to say that he drew his worldview from a dry cleaner’s slip he cam...
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    January 21, 2015 | Yahia Lababidi
    Certain cherished books are like old loves. We didn’t part on bad terms; but it’s complicated, and would require too much effo...
  • July 25, 2012 | Yahia Lababidi
    Aphorisms were the form that gave me the most relief, that offered the deepest bloodletting. In the aphorism, I didn’t have to say “I,” I could just let the thing speak itself, so I didn’t feel compr...

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