PLU Open Mic with Maysan Nasser
Open mic was a transportive experience with an amazing feature by Maysan who stunned the attendance into a wondrous silence with the most compelling poetry ever. Round one opened with Fred comic-ing away on themes of sleep, showing one’s underwear, seatbelts and penis enlargement. Jac delivered a poem with empty bottles next to beds, crying, not crying, talking to oneself. Drnb transformed the stage onto a dancefloor with his stunning bright orange led belt lighting up the place to the tune of “You love me some days but it’s not all days”. Lara A asked if everyone had Tinder but already knew the answer and explained about looking for gold. She has a dramatic mind. She takes photos of people crying. Charlie offered everyone fin-sized m&ms and used issues of the New Yorker, before delivering a poem about a trip to Italy and adventures thereof, Trieste, henna tattoos in Genoa, staples in Naples, you get the idea. Yasser read in both French and English about the plight of refugees and the rust of indifference. Moe introduced the Paris chapter of Poets Push Back and the Feb 11 event at Berkeley Books of Paris before reading the “Seductrice”, with bottles of red, high octane, and then “5 AM” with a cameo by a rat dragging away an extra-pepperoni pizza in an alleyway. Donald had the crowd singing along to “Rich Motherfuckers with Private Armies”. Maysan did her feature, showing how her writing has shifted since winning the Beirut slam competition from he/she/they to I, and delivered a stunningly compelling performance of which “Lent” with trees that never learned to stand still and another about coming to terms with the fact that we are strangers. She came back in Round two, reciting a poem entirely in Arabic, declining to explain what it was about and leaving it all to the imagination and experience of the audience. René did a rap. We will say no more about that. Dave spilled a lot of beer and pumped a few decibels in berating hipsters and demanded that England stop dreaming. James changed the tone with the wistful sounds of his guitar accompanying his song about tenderness and the favorite trees that he passes on a hill. Lara T read an extremely funny Valentine to “The writer in your life”, that went from caustic to sweet to lowkey resentful back to sweet the way a coffee cup that’s actually filled with whiskey beside a writer in a café will foster writing that’s so bad it overshoots good and stays bad. Elia invited everyone to be part of his faceless mob video and had the audience singing along his tu tu tu tus. Shannon announced an anti-Trump rally over the weekend and read a chapter from her novel about a kidnapped billionaire, reminding us that “perhaps is an exercise in madness” and delving poignantly into the subject of rape and how when a girl is raped her mother is too, and when a mother is raped her girl is, too. Kelly recited the “Light of my Life” about breaking at new dawn and asking how many oceans have you crossed. Damien stated that it’s not despair that kill but the other pair, and many other such one-liners that the audience had to think about to get, so laughter erupted with a delay that sometimes coincided with the middle of the next line. Ed closed open mic showing off his new haircut, worried that it might be more appropriate for hipsters who brunch, and then gave an informal barstool synopsis of Antigone.
Join PLU in inviting Maysan Nasser, Beirut Slam Poetry Champion, to the stage to wow us with her wit and wicked poems of love and hate. ⚠: there may be Bukowski. Sign up at 20h for those wishing to sign up for the Open Mic.
Maysan Nasser is a Psychology and Theater student. She recently won Beirut’s first Poetry Slam and will compete in Roundhouse Poetry Slam in London this summer. She first partook in the literary scene in Paris through Paris Lit Up’s open mic. She later was a featured poet in Paris Lit Up’s Grand Tour in Italy, 100 Thousand Poets for Change, Spoken Word Paris, Salon de Mme du Chatelet and a few other independent venues. She was first published by Remus, the American University of Rome’s literary journal, which featured some of her poetry. Her journalistic work has been published by the American University of Paris’s newspaper, The Peacock Plume, where she is currently Executive Editor of PTV, the video journalism department. She recently staged a performance of her original play titled Deadline.