Mahmoud Darwish

Yahia Lababidi

What is the role of the poet during times of crisis? Yahia Lababidi, an Egyptian poet living in the United States, claims the role of the poet is to provide a "vision." That is, the poet (and all artists) can provide more insight into events rather than just mere sight. Touching on Kierkegaard and Kafka, Darwish and Mattawa, Lababidi reflects on the Arab Spring and its visionary poetics.