Ali Znaidi (b.1977) lives in Redeyef, Tunisia where he teaches English. His work has appeared in The Rusty Nail, The Tower Journal, Mad Swirl, Stride Magazine, Red Fez, BlazeVox, Otoliths, streetcake, Ink Sweat and Tears, & 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
Tango on a red carpet:
A lump of sugar melting
in her tongue.
She walks to open the door.
Each step is jarring a silhouette
stolen from Sappho’s
Talking on her mobile:
A serene river carries
the first morning delicious
Blue lipstick contouring ice
rivaling a blue sky which
hugs white clouds.
A Woman’s Guide to Sleep Disorders
Don’t think too much of a silly man
who doesn’t deserve you!
Don’t think too much of your protruding
Don’t starve just for the sake of fashion
They just want to make you look like
a thin pole.
Have a rich dinner: Beans, juicy thighs
of turkey and lots of fruit, & before
going to bed have hot milk w/ honey!
Thence, you’ll be drifted into the most
delicious sleep because thin Barbies never
sleep well, as you know.
A Permanent Asylum
Colours vie for a refuge
in the land of those lips.
All kinds of lipstick beg
just to be worn even once.
But they are all sacked out
because red cherries were
the first which applied
for a permanent asylum