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Text Messages

Text Messages is a poetry collection by Yassin Alsalman.

Yassin Alsalman

Text Messages is the first multi-genre collection by Montreal-based Iraqi hip-hop artist, activist, and professor Yassin "Narcy" Alsalman. Composed entirely on a smartphone during air travel and married to artwork from comrades, Narcy's writing speaks of the existential crises experienced by diasporic children of war before and during imperialism in the age of the Internet.

Narcy's verses span the space between hip-hop and manifesto, portraying a crumbling, end-stage capitalist society, visions for a new reality, and exposes the myth of multiculturalism in post-9/11 North America. The wordsmith hollows and transmogrifies the grotesque excess of the West by juxtaposing McLife with images of death, destruction, and trauma in the East.

From the depths of apathetic consumerism arises a voice of spiritual self-realization that explodes the misrepresented, mythical monolith of Islam in the West and with the rubble builds healing through intelligent resistance and radical love. (From Fernwood Publishing)

Yassin "Narcy" Alsalman is an Iraqi Canadian musician, director, writer and actor from Montreal. He performs music under the name "Narcy," and has released several albums. He is also the author of the book Diatribes of a Dying Tribe.

Interviews with Yassin Alsalman

The Narcicyst

10 years ago
Duration 2:07
The Narcicyst talks about leaving Montreal for Dubai, ahead of his free outdoor concert at the Montreal International Jazz Festival.
Yassin 'Narcy' Alsalman aka 'The Narcicyst' is a well known Hip Hop performer, actor, multi-media artist and lecturer at Concordia University. Narcy's multimedia project 'Narcinerama' will be part of the Festival du Monde Arabe at Place des Arts.
Guest host Yassin Alsalman, a.k.a. Narcy, explores how hip hop can change lives and nourish the soul. Feature conversations with Toronto hip-hop legend Kardinal Offishall, Witch Prophet and OVO music producer Noah '40' Shebib and his sister Suzanna Shebib.
One man's journey from pastor to salesman. How jam changed three people's lives. The sweet solidarity of a night of interfaith comedy and Margaret Atwood on The Handmaid's Tale, thirty-three years later. In this episode, we're opening the Tapestry vault to bring you some of our most memorable stories of personal transformation and reflection with guest host Yassin Alsalman.

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