Ali Znaidi: The Doxa of the Wind


The dust is biting the leaves.
A chrysanthemum is blooming in a salty dry swamp.
Sécheresse is everywhere.
I’m searching for a mystery
amidst the sandy gravel,
forgetting about the wind
& about doxa, a common belief as its name
My lemonade becomes mixed w/ yellow pollen.
The desert starts speaking in an eschatological language.
Many inverted commas are looming in the horizon.


Ali Znaidi (b.1977) lives in Redeyef, Tunisia, where he teaches English. 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). He also authored a book of fiction titled Green Cemetery (Moment Publications, 2014) which is in fact the first Tunisian flash fiction collection originally written and published in the English language. Some of his poems have been translated into German, Greek, Turkish and Italian. You can see more of his work on his blog at and you can follow him on Twitter @AliZnaidi.

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