Another Hobby

the phenomenon of biting one’s nails
necessitates sharp teeth,
& practice
[practice makes perfect],

But as teeth begin to trip into decay
you have to learn another hobby,
though ardous.

the phenomenon of sawing trees up
necessitates sharp saws,
& practice
[practice doesn’t make perfect this time],

& as earth begins to trip into decay
you have to learn another hobby,
though ardous.

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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, 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—

See his other contributions to Snake-Oil Cure here.

Impression № 025: The Inside of the Earth

Todd Michael Freeman tells us about his medium:

“I’ve made intaglio prints for about a decade, starting when I was introduced to printmaking at Grand Valley State University. I initially trained as an illustrator, but the capabilities of etching fit the way I approached making work more than any media I’d tried before. It’s a methodical, process-oriented craft, but once those basic steps are understood, also a medium capable of delivering incredibly precise details. The general character and richness of etching immediately matched mark-making tendencies I’ve always had, and just called out as something I needed to be doing.”