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Three Poems by Ali Znaidi

Counter Silence



Light withers in the cemetery.

This cemetery is a sea of tar

housing inky bodies.


Only worms like to lick

those antiquated bodies

devoid of post-modern spiritual lanes.


Those bodies take the shape of

formless lusterless holograms

dissipating in a myriad of labyrinths.


Death is insinuating through the clayish walls

looking for a shadow;

for smothered sounds:


That bee which died yesterday

is still buzzing.



a decapitated rainbow



politics necessitates lies…


— a flashing blue thick mascara hiding

thin brittle eyelashes


… & when the political discourse destroys



…& when politicians’ words turn to be just

pop-up guns


…& when their words are woven into pulp



the great dreams, the translucent colours

soon to be a decapitated rainbow


thin light represses thick light!



Orgasmic Reverberations



This exhausted body exhibits



The bones are exposed.

The marrow is in the raw.

Pain is being turned into a song.

—Sad beats echoing orgasmic austerity



Ali Znaidi (b.1977) lives in Redeyef, Tunisia. He is the author of several chapbooks, including Experimental Ruminations (Fowlpox Press, 2012), Moon’s Cloth Embroidered with Poems (Origami Poems Project, 2012), Bye, Donna Summer! (Fowlpox Press, 2014), and Taste of the Edge (Kind of a Hurricane Press, 2014).


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