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Can we discern the light from the glitter

of the melting wax? These candles are germinating

again like Demiurges on a chaotic ether.

The light encircles the space,
and the space is like an aura.

The light is transparent & cold.
And everything from the first blaze

is governed by mimetic punctiliousness.

When the total eclipse wraps the place,
and the footsteps become forbidden,

the sound of silence & the whirling lights

of the candles never perish away

because everything dims, and then gleams again.

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Post image Jacob Lawrence. The Great Migration. 1941. via Magic Transistor

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About the Author:

Portrait - Ali ZnaidiAli Znaidi (b.1977) lives in Redeyef, Tunisia, where he teaches English. His work has appeared in various magazines and journals worldwide. He has published 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 wrote a book of fiction titled Green Cemetery (Moment Publications, 2014). Some of his poems have been translated into German, Greek, Turkish, Italian and Spanish.
He keeps a blog about Tunisian literature at tunisianlit.wordpress.com and you can see more of his work on his blog at aliznaidi.blogspot.com.

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Ainehi Edoro is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she teaches African literature. She received her doctorate at Duke University. She is the founder and editor of Brittle Paper and series editor of Ohio University Press’s Modern African Writer’s imprint.

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