Weekend Update (Ink+Paint, Dr. Ed Simone’s Dramatic Poetry Reading, & Abolish Article 153)

On Thursday Dr. Ed Simone read a few American poems at Sirdab Lab, in an event that was organized by The Divan, the US Embassy, and Kuwait Poets Society. I performed “Why Wait Kuwait,” a spoken-word poem I’d written a few years ago, urging my audience to recall lessons from the Invasion. My friends from KPS read original pieces as well, and we all received informative comments and feedback from Dr. Ed Simone that energized and inspired us to rise to the next level. I saw snippets of my performance (with my fake microphone!) on Instagram, but I don’t think anyone recorded the whole thing. You can watch this old version here, which I performed at Taste of Jamaica’s poetry slam in 2014.


On Friday I drove over to the Contemporary Art Platform (CAP), where the gang from Abolish Article 153 were setting up the rooftop for an evening of art and activism. We set up and rehearsed from 1-7pm. It was surprisingly hot and we had some technical issues, but we were ready to reveal some light. The place looked amazing and everything went well. I am told that there is a recording of my performance. Until I receive it, you can watch an older version of the poem “So Much Happens in Our Bodies” which I performed at Word of Mouth II in 2015.


And here are pictures from the event:





And I am absolutely thrilled to announce that I have written and sent in my submission for INK+PAINT: An Experiment. I also found out that the names of the artists’ have been revealed. So now we wait…

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