Thursday, June 5, 2014

A Feminine Key

Ali Znaidi (b. 1977) lives in Redeyef, Tunisia, where he teaches English. He graduated with a BA in Anglo-American Studies in 2002 from the University of Sfax for the South.  He writes poetry and has an interest in literature, languages, and literary translation.  His work has appeared in various magazines and journals worldwide. He authored four poetry 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). Links to his published and forthcoming works can be found at 
1 erasure poem titled “A Feminine Key” (based on chapter 15: Circe, page 485 of Ulysses by James Joyce published in 1922 by Shakespeare and Company, Paris) I chose chapter 15 of Ulysses by James Joyce because it is a hallucinatory chapter par excellence. Besides, I love the strong language. The erasure poem was taken from page 485 with words being continually crossed out using patterns like those of quilts. The poem took shape, and came to life to reflect the hallucinatory fantasies of the chapter.

A Feminine Key

Where are we?
Cometh forth!
I bring
thee thy answer. Redbank oysters will shortly be upon us.
Those succulent bivalves may help us.
Though they stink yet they sting.
Yet Eve and the
serpent contradict. Not a historical fact. Obvious analogy to my idea. Serpents
too are gluttons for woman’s milk. Wind their way through miles of omnivorous
forest to sucksucculent her breast dry.
outlandish monotone the cows with their distended udders
have been the known…
I am going
to seek out the saurian’s lair in order to entrust their teats to
avid suction. Ant milks aphis. (Profoundly.) Instinct rules the world. In
life. In death.
Luss puss puss puss!
Well, well.

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