Yahia Lababidi

Yahia Lababidi is the author of two critically acclaimed books of aphorisms: “Signposts to Elsewhere” (Hay House, 2019) and Where Epics Fail (Unbound, 2018). An Egyptian-American, Lababidi is also the author of four well-received books of poetry and prose. He has participated in international literary festivals throughout the US, Europe and the Middle East. His latest book is called “Revolutions of the Heart: Literary, Cultural, & Spiritual” (2020).

To Hell With Complaining

April 06, 2020

We all know the type and have been them, at times: the chronically dissatisfied. Short-changed by life at every turn, or so they believe, they adopt a scorched-earth mentality. Each time they unbutton their lips, it’s to tear down, belittle, bemoan: the weather, the news, their colleagues, the world. At...

A Poet’s Meditations on Inspiration and Hope

December 21, 2019

A poem arrives like a hand in the dark. Who knows where inspiration comes from, and where it goes. I submit that even artists don’t — at least not yours truly. After something of a dry patch, where I began to refer to myself as an “ex-writer,” I find that...

Aphorism: A Brief Art

June 01, 2013

In conversation with writer Yahia Lababidi, Yuna Rault-D'Inca finds out about the creative process behind the art of aphorisms.  Yuna Rault-D'Inca: Please explain to us, what exactly is an aphorism and in what way can they be poetic? And I challenge you to summarize the answers to each question in...

The Poet as Journalist of the Spirit

November 07, 2012

Can poetry help us through times of political upheaval? “It is difficult to get the news from poems, yet men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there.”  – William Carlos Williams