Ali Znaidi (b.1977) lives in Redeyef, Tunisia where he teaches English. His work has appeared in Mad Swirl, Stride Magazine, Red Fez, BlazeVox, Otoliths, streetcake, & elsewhere. His debut poetry chapbook Experimental Ruminations was published in September 2012 by Fowlpox Press (Canada). From time to time he blogs at – aliznaidi.blogspot.com and tweets at @AliZnaidi.
In Praise of Natural Things: A Post-modern Ghazal
It’s a fake
w/ no stories
But nothing more beautiful than natural things.
Nothing more provocative than exploring
the Silicon Valley of your brain,
while rejoicing in the fresh plants on its banks.
“In Praise of Natural Things: A Post-modern Ghazal” was previously published in Yareah Magazine.
An Erasure Body Poem
His deft tongue is a razor.
Her drained body is a wordy
A sharp-edged cutting instrument
is being used very properly:
—A cutting-edge erasure
poem is being generated.
a snowflakes junkie
Till the snow thaws I need more wood
to satiate the hunger of my fireplace.
Looking out the windowpane
I see those small snowflakes
as random notes filling in the blanks
of a post-punk fractured world redolent
w/ the aroma of pain,,,
& the land has become a snowflakes junkie
because it doesn’t like to age like a wrinkled
She’s been blaming the rain
for every moment of sadness
Today she burns all her
& starts wallpapering
her eyelashes w/
This Could Be Magic
This could be an experiment
that remedies the scars.
This could be a scalpel
that eviscerates the residues of pain.
This could be a horrifying green clay mask
that conceals a fleeting sun.
This could be a finger as soft as a feather
that is capable of lighting a somber room.