Thursday, August 2, 2012

A Poem by Ali Znaidi

against suffocation theory

the          garment                  is
        concealing           (the body
             and its        contours)
               the tie              is
                stifling    (the neck)
                  the neck       is
                    the locus    of
                        life    /tightening
                          the tie=
          be kind to               the neck
                o garment     don’t hide beauty
                     and/or             ugliness
                       just             walk
                        away        and let
                             the body
at least at bath time           let the body be itself
let the body walk away     from the symptoms of
            oh, body! don’t you feel better, now?
Ali Znaidi lives in Redeyef, Tunisia. He graduated with a BA in Anglo-American Studies in 2002. He teaches English at Tunisian public secondary schools. He writes poetry and has an interest in literature, languages, and literary translations. His work has appeared in The Bamboo Forest, The Camel Saloon, phantom kangaroo, BoySlut,, Otoliths, Dead Snakes, Speech Therapy Poetry Zine, streetcake magazine, The Rusty Nail, Yes,Poetry, The South Townsville micro poetry journal, Shot Glass Journal, the fib review, Ink Sweat and Tears, and Mad Swirl, and is upcoming in other ezines. He also writes flash fiction for the Six Sentence Social Network—

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