Volume Two, Issue 1

Ali Znaidi

Observations developing into a series of philosophical notes

An extremely large telescope full of prisms.
A sky dotted with holes.
Near and far and further still
those small ceremonies are held.
Fireflies seem to echo the gamma-ray cycle,
which is shown as a dotted horizon.
My brain is awakened to a nymph
singing to a monk.
Now I can see a horizon
rife with errant troubadours.
I’m seeing unfixed stars
suffering from fever
because the world is falling apart.
I can only see fragments:
Frogs burping endless recalibrations,
or to be precise a memetic lust for experimentation.


my mind is still chaotic
or rather these nicotine patches
did not work

my mouth
a cocktail of remembered tobacco

in this morning
breath keeps drawing steamy patterns
through the windowpane
in this morning
breath becomes angst

A Vision Spackled

Fluttering wings of butterflies are meant
to protect our eyes from the mirage.

But we want to see the mirage.
We want to feel the sandy dust
flirting with our eyes.
The presence of dust suggests plenitude
suggests survival.
We want shades of yellow
to recede into our eyes’ sparkle.

‘Sparkle’ is not the exact word.
‘Sunlight’ is a shiny mirage,,,
(speculating).—Illusion is our lingua franca.

Those Reverberating Hums

If only I could slide into the hummingbird’s nest
even for a brief moment.
If only I could decipher the shrill hums
for poetical purposes.
If only I could discover the hidden secrets.
If only I could remember those old voices
which kept reverberating through my ears.
If only I could move data into and out
of my auditory system.
—But those hums were still echoing,
by default.
My auditory system was thrashing again!
—I could say hums are perfect
for philosophical inquiries.

Ali Znaidi: "I live in Redeyef, Tunisia. I am 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), Taste of the Edge (Kind of a Hurricane Press, 2014), Mathemaku x5 (Spacecraft Press, 2015), and Austere Lights (Locofo Chaps: an imprint of Moria Books, 2017). For more, visit AliZnaidi.blogspot.com."

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