Now Available: disaster in die / an overdose sunrise by bassam

Swimming with Elephants Publications, LLC is excited to announce the release of “disaster in die / an overdose sunrise,” a chapbook of poetry by bassam.

“bassam’s ‘disaster in die / an overdose sunrise’ is the third and final installment of a trilogy of poetry collections that I have awaited with bated breath. The first two collections in this trilogy are grim expositions of the intersections of being a marginalized being in an oppressive white supremacist world and the ways that marginalized beings find humour and celebration despite the odds. This final book in the trilogy continues this narrative but, supplies hope for the reader and the world. Hope that in spite and despite of the miseries of oppression, joy and oppression can coexist. Reminiscent of Alicia T. Crosby’s poignant poem ‘If I Should Die Before I’m Woke’ , bassam does not leave their sins and transgressions unexamined. Instead, they cringe at their own missteps and keep themselves accountable, while upholding the standard that they deserve no accolades for this. What they do is simply the bare minimum. ‘disaster in die / an overdose sunrise’ is an authentic, raw and vulnerably poignant book that proves that poetry is magic and that poets are not magicians, but simply vessels for the magic to flow through.”

—Mugabi Byenkya, author of Dear Philomena

Order ‘disaster in die/ an overdose sunrise‘ and ‘bliss in die/ unbinging the underglow‘ from all major book distributors today.

bassam is currently on tour throughout Canada and the United States, promoting their publications. Check out their tour schedule to them in a town near you!

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Featured SwEP Author: Bassam

Swimming with Elephants Publications, LLC would like to reintroduce to you one of our newest authors: Bassam.

SwEP has it’s first international publication with the release of Bassam’s collection, bliss in die/unbinging the underglow, in March of 2018.

“Bassam writes poems that feel like slow motion car crashes where, at every turn, you’re also reassured that it’s ok to feel like this, like even if nothing is going to be ok, there is strength to hold like a parking brake, like the axis of a planet. Bassam’s words are a gut punch, a pull to beating heart chest, a hand that holds yours in the bleak. One senses that the act of poetry for Bassam is truly one of survival. What a strength it takes to show our deepest insecurities, to not ask for forgiveness. To not be the hero of your own story. Bassam is a bright non binary voice. One that asks not for acceptance, but simply is, and tells the stories of body and mind that is so intimate and accessible to those of us who endlessly battle with our shapes, our selves. What a gift to give.”

—Charlie Petch, Spoken Word Artist, Playwright, Musician

 

Pick up Bassam’s collection, bliss in die/unbinging the underglow, from Bookworks ABQ during the month of April or order from Amazon or Barnes and Noble today!

Already own a copy? Please write a review on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Goodreads, or submit a review to swimwithelephants@gmail.com for publications on this site.

 

Bassam

Bassam (they/them or xe/xim) is a spoken word poet, proud auntie, and settler residing on the traditional territory of the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant (Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, Huron-Wendatt, and Mississaugas of the New Credit). they are a member of the League of Canadian Poets, an executive board member with Spoken Word Canada, and has toured Turtle Island performing spoken word. Bassam earned title of national poetry slam champion at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word (CFSW) in 2016 with the Guelph Poetry Slam team, and Canadian Individual Poetry Slam (CIPS) finalist in 2017. they were editor-in-chief for ‘these pills don’t come in my skin tone’, a poetry collection exclusively by Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) on the topic of mental health and illness, released in fall 2017. a (gender)queer, Jewish person of Middle-Eastern descent and a long-time sufferer of body dysmorphia, bipolar and eating disorders, bassam believes in radical kindness as resistance to colonization, that there is no peace without justice, and that intersectionality is vital in the struggle against kyriarchy.

Now Available: bliss in die/unbinging the underglow

Now Available from Swimming with Elephants Publications, LLC

bliss in die/unbinging the underglow

Poetry by

Bassam

“Bassam writes poems that feel like slow motion car crashes where, at every turn, you’re also reassured that it’s ok to feel like this, like even if nothing is going to be ok, there is strength to hold like a parking brake, like the axis of a planet. Bassam’s words are a gut punch, a pull to beating heart chest, a hand that holds yours in the bleak. One senses that the act of poetry for Bassam is truly one of survival. What a strength it takes to show our deepest insecurities, to not ask for forgiveness. To not be the hero of your own story. Bassam is a bright non binary voice. One that asks not for acceptance, but simply is, and tells the stories of body and mind that is so intimate and accessible to those of us who endlessly battle with our shapes, our selves. What a gift to give.”

—Charlie Petch, Spoken Word Artist, Playwright, Musician

 

About the Author

Bassam (they/them or xe/xim) is a spoken word poet, proud auntie, and settler residing on the traditional territory of the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant (Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, Huron-Wendatt, and Mississaugas of the New Credit). they are a member of the League of Canadian Poets, an executive board member with Spoken Word Canada, and has toured Turtle Island performing spoken word. Bassam earned title of national poetry slam champion at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word (CFSW) in 2016 with the Guelph Poetry Slam team, and Canadian Individual Poetry Slam (CIPS) finalist in 2017. they were editor-in-chief for ‘these pills don’t come in my skin tone’, a poetry collection exclusively by Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) on the topic of mental health and illness, released in fall 2017. a (gender)queer, Jewish person of Middle-Eastern descent and a long-time sufferer of body dysmorphia, bipolar and eating disorders, bassam believes in radical kindness as resistance to colonization, that there is no peace without justice, and that intersectionality is vital in the struggle against kyriarchy.

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