I'm a big fan of Dubai Poetics. They do more than just the magazine. They have readings, events, promote arts here in Dubai. Hats off.
I'm also a big fan of Farah Chamma, a poet and spoken word artist. I've linked to her stuff before (see below). She's pretty well known in these parts. She's beautiful and awesome.
Well, recently Dubai Poetics organized a 2-day workshop on with Farah about performing poetry. Of course I had to go. And it was super fun!
What I learned: I am not really a performer. Poetry to be spoken can be/should be/must be much be simpler that that for reading.
See you June 9th for my debut as a storyteller. I would say storyteller. The piece I chose is a story, with some rhymes, but it's a story.
This is a poem I wrote in college. Long ago. They published it at Dubai Poetics Edition X, our local poetry depository. Love them.
*foxfire is decaying wood, that, when a certain fungus is in there helping, glows in the dark.
Thrice I have been featured in Dubai Poetics. I really love what they are doing in Dubai, promoting the local arts here.
My poem in Dubai Poetics - Edition VIII is called "To a Poet Laureate."
If you know me from Waldron, you might recognize some of the names and places in the poem. Like most of my writing, it's based on real life and I wrote it thinking of a poet that I know, who really is a poet laureate. I like his poetry. I sent this poem to him when once I toyed with the idea of entering a fine arts program. He never really responded to the poem, so he probably hated it or thought it juvenile.
I am proud to be featured again in Dubai Poetics - Edition VII.
My piece for this edition of Dubai Poetics is "Cairo." It is a short prose poem or vignette (or something of that sort). On this site you can see that there is a place holder section here in my 99's for Cairo. Those 99's are coming: their theme or story is revolution or change (or maybe disappointment) and they got their start with this >99 word piece.
The Snow White graffiti in the header above is from a Cairo wall.
Below is a favorite image of art in Cairo. Artist El Seed painted this on many walls such that it is only together from afar. Read the article from The Telegraph linked below.
Photo Credit: El Seed via The Telegraph
Writings that are not 99 words long can be found here.