Ali Znaidi – Nomads for Sustainable Discovery

Nomads for Sustainable Discovery


Their appearance is signs fighting

carrions under, & upon the (sand) dunes—

A fait accompli.


Very like meteors, nomads’

eyes are stuffed w/ lights—

notes stoning the surface.


For them, sand is not just a utopia;

it is another skin, shiny,

a well-nourished lightening w/ pores

resembling big eyes.


In the carnival of gazing,

[without their eyes], there would be

no more tour operators, nor

discovery mags.




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). Links to his published and forthcoming works can be found at  and his tweets are posted on his account: @AliZnaidi.




3 thoughts on “Ali Znaidi – Nomads for Sustainable Discovery

  1. Hi Judi I suggested a friend of mine Gillian Booth submitted a couple of poems to you, she’s a Glastonbury treasure: ex-greenham, passionate and political. She wrote one about all the lonely men and one about the little girl who accidentally shot her gun trainer. I thought they’d suit. Hope she does. xxrachael

  2. Znaidi’s “Nomads” exemplifies its own project, each phrase scintillates. But there ‘s more: a compelling motion toward that bracket. That hole opens the whole, which is an abyss. Connoisseurs of nihilism, fans of the late undiscovered Rimbaud, take note!

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