Amir Sulaiman's 'All Love Poems, All Night' makes its first US appearance at the Duende bodega in Oakland, California. Within the performance, Amir shares verses about the swollen heart and the broken one; about love lost and found. The evening will explore the sensual and spiritual; the brutal and beautiful reality of what it is to love, to be loved and to be love. For the Oakland performance, Amir has invited the acclaimed spiritual practitioner Hasnaa At-Tauhidi to prepare the sanctuary for this journey.
If God had me choose between
seeing the sun rise
and the sun set
seeing the beauty
of your rising and your setting
it would be perpetually noon on your face
Who would want their heart broken
but now that mine has been split open
I wonder, who would want their heart closed
Can you drink from the coconut without striking it
Can you smell the aloeswood without lighting it
my hands cannot hold
what my heart cannot let go of
my palms dusty with absence
is there love without madness
is there fire without heat
anyone can imagine a sea without shore
no one can imagine a shore without sea
my love is lovely with or without me
but me without my love
Amir Sulaiman is a poet, recording artist, Harvard Fellow, actor, screen writer and producer born in Rochester, New York. His poems cross subjects of love, tragedy as well as what it means to reconcile humanity with the unprecedented trials of modernity. He has performed his works across the US as well as many other countries including England, Belgium, Senegal, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Australia, Iran and the Netherlands, and continues to tour world-wide. His recently published book of poetry, Love, Gnosis & Other Suicide Attempts met with critical acclaim, in addition to his latest album "The Opening," the third in a unique trilogy project, following "The Meccan Openings" (2011) and "The Medinan Openings" (2012). Amir was first introduced to a National audience in 2005 when he was featured for two seasons on Russell Simmons' groundbreaking series Def Poetry Jam on HBO.
Raised by two parents who are spiritual teachers, Hasnaa At-tauhidi has been immersed in a world of mysticism, ceremony and celebration since before she was born. An initiated shamanic Priestess, she has found her calling teaching others how to embody their higher selves and their soul’s purpose. Born a clairsentient, Hasnaa has learned the importance of living in alignment with one’s intuition and most authentic self. She uses her etheric abilities to remind people of the vibrational, energetic nature of this universe. The key elements that differentiate her work from others include the depth of knowledge and experience within a diverse range of esoteric spiritual traditions, cosmic cosmology and energetic wellness practices. She is experienced in metaphysics, universal law, spiritual law, ceremony, ritual, reincarnation, meditation and a keeper of sacred medicine. She specializes in helping people honor their soul's blueprint and the divine plan. Hasnaa incorporates ancient knowledge as well as cutting edge information to intuitively teach in a way that will awaken potential and create deep transformational healing.