Poetry at the Post: Moroccan Stew for Easter with Abdelllatif Laâbi

April 5, 2015

Happy Easter from the Atrium Loft Cafe & Literary Salon!

Dish of the Day
by Abdellatif Laâbi, as translated by Andre Naffis-Sahely

For today’s special
we’d like to recommend a very spicy
‘killer’ stew

"Maroc , dune de Chegaga" by Jamou - Own work. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons -
“Maroc , dune de Chegaga” by Jamou – Own work. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons –

 

Our menu today:   Vegetarian Moroccan stew accompanied by a fresh salade verte and a splash of wineFor dessert –an organic vanilla cake with chocolate icing. Poet: Abdellatif Laâbi.

 

"Abdellatif Laâbi-2011" by Ji-Elle - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons -
“Abdellatif Laâbi-2011” by Ji-Elle – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons –

 

Abdellatif Laâbi is among the most well-known Moroccan writers living today. Born in Fez in 1942, he co-founded the poetry review Souffles in 1966. Six years later, Souffles was banned and Laâbi was imprisoned. He was released in 1980, and five years later he moved to France where he has resided ever since.” (Quarterly Conversation, June 11, 2013)

You won’t need a starter, he added
as the stew is very substantial
a local wine
the sort used for sangria

photo: Courtesy of John Jennings Wildflower Center, Austin
photo: Courtesy of John Jennings
Wildflower Center, Austin

Prayers for peace and tolerance…

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