excerpts from “ALI” (formerly “HAGDAR”)

The following excerpts have been selected from a long-term project called ‘Ali’ (formerly ‘Hagdar’), an American English epic poem exploring the life and times of Ali ibn Abi Talib (عَلِيّ ٱبْن أَبِي طَالِب), the cousin, companion, and successor of the Prophet Muhammad. When completed, the poem is estimated to be roughly 10,000 lines in length, spanning almost a century of Arab and Islamic history.



In the name of the Most Gracious, Merciful,

The Master of the heavens and the earth,

The Knower of the hidden and the bared,

In God’s Most Gracious name I now begin:


So sing, O ancient bards, of ageless kings

From far and wide, who spread their spacious wings

Above the lengthy lands and endless seas! Continue reading “excerpts from “ALI” (formerly “HAGDAR”)”

apocalypse “TRANSCRIPT: The Secret Club”




You know, you hear this all the time in schools and with parents and teachers, and on the media, and all over the place about this problem that kids can’t read. And I’ve found that for just about everybody, what that means is that Continue reading “apocalypse “TRANSCRIPT: The Secret Club””

apocalypse “And now, it’s time to talk about my dick”



And now, it’s time to talk about my dick.

If I am to maintain any sincerity throughout the course of this literary tirade, then no frank and honest portrait of my present condition would be complete without some elaboration about the events surrounding that which is commonly referred to as “my dick”. Continue reading “apocalypse “And now, it’s time to talk about my dick””

apocalypse “They say there was a life before these days”



They say there was a life before these days,

A world beyond the prisms of our porch,

A time before greensickness perched above

Our doors, before the pasty smog of death

would hourly muzzle against our windowpanes. Continue reading “apocalypse “They say there was a life before these days””

apocalypse OPENING and ALLAH





الرَّحمٰنِ الرَّحيمِ  nadaبِسمِ ال

رَبِّ العالَمينَ  nadaالحَمدُ لِلَّ

الرَّحيمِ  nadaالرَّح

الدّينِ nada مالِكِ

نَستَعينُ  nadaنَعبُدُ وَإِيّ  nadaإِيّ

المُستَقيمَ  nadaاهدِنَا الصِّ

الضّالّينَ nada المَغضوبِ عَلَيهِم nada الَّذينَ أَنعَمتَ عَلَيهِم  nadaصِ


Hemingway would be proud. Continue reading “apocalypse OPENING and ALLAH”