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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Ali Znaidi lives in Redeyef, Tunisia where he teaches English at Tunisian public secondary schools. His work has appeared in The Camel Saloon, Otoliths, The Tower Journal, streetcake, The Rusty Nail, Yes,Poetry, Shot Glass Journal, Ink Sweat and Tears, Mad Swirl, Unlikely Stories: Episode IV, Red Fez, Carcinogenic Poetry, Stride Magazine, and other ezines. His debut poetry chapbook Experimental Ruminations was published in September 2012 by Fowlpox Press (Canada). He also writes flash fiction for the Six Sentence Social Network—

Ali Znaidi



In the coziness of his room
& behind the frosty windowpane
he braced himself against the wall,
trying to forget about his pain—

Monotonous nauseating nights
of frustrations, reading Thomas Paine
& dreaming of utopian places,
but not building castles in Spain.

His soul became so heavy.
Then, his veins launched a campaign:
One day I will forget about aches
& will have dinner w/ champagne