Saturday, April 23, 2016

Tanka--By Ali Znaidi--Tunisia

you oftentimes speak
of bad spelling…
I imagine
a worm wiggling
in the sand

her eyebrow
hair by hair…
the moon crescent draws

Ali Znaidi (b.1977) lives in Redeyef, Tunisia. He is 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), and Mathemaku x5 (Spacecraft Press, 2015). For more details, you can visit his blog at – and follow him on Twitter @AliZnaidi.


  1. More than just nice! Enjoyed your second tanka with its imagery and mystery. I look forward to more of your work. Ralph

  2. Both tanka are lovely, Ali, especially the second. Regards // paul