April 27-May 3, 2015: Tina Hacker and Ali Znaidi

Tina Hacker and Ali Znaidi

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Tina Hacker

Bio (auto)

Tina Hacker’s full-length poetry book, Listening to Night Whistles, was published in May, 2014, by Aldrich Press. Her chapbook titled, Cutting It, was released in late 2010 by The Lives You Touch Publications. A four-time Pushcart Prize nominee, Tina was a finalist in New Letters and George F. Wedge competitions and Editor’s Choice in two literary journals. Her work has appeared in numerous publications—print and online—such as Bellowing Ark, Kansas City Voices, Coal City Review, and I-70 Review as well as anthologies such as The Whirlybird Anthology of Kansas City Writers. Her poems about Golems are serialized in the online site, Quantum Fairy Tales. Tina served as Co-president of The Writers Place and Vice-President of the Midwest Region for Women in Communications. Since 1976, she has been poetry editor for Veterans’ Voices, a journal of writing by hospitalized and recovering vets. She lives in Leawood, KS, with her husband Lynn Norton who is a sculptor and excellent editor.

The following work is Copyright © 2015, and owned by Tina Hacker and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

Bruise Game

I sat on his lap
as my mother wiped
blood from Dad’s lip,
put salve on scratches,
bandaged his blackened eye.
Nothing I hadn’t seen before,
Dad coming home beat up, bleeding,
Mom tending to his cuts and scrapes,
lessons for me like washing dishes
or folding laundry.
Dad held dual roles—bartender and bouncer.
Part of the job. He was the good guy
who threw bad guys out the door.
“Cracked the glass with that one,”
he told me as we played
rock, paper scissors while Mom
finished up.

Previously Published in
Flint Hills Review, 2011

Ali Znaidi

Bio (auto)

Ali 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.

The following work is Copyright © 2015, and owned by Ali Znaidi and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

Obituary of the Sun

The ravens went back to their nests.
The twilight began to crawl.
& the sun has gone.
I forgot to tell that her red hair was cut short,
& that her eyelashes were trimmed by
an invisible beautician.
The glorious sun-eater was still there
needling through the red clouds.
I was there pondering those last vestiges.
…………….[a pause]
I heard the reverberations of the word ‘sun’
in the form of sad interrupted refrains
uttered by a poet w/ a sore throat.
I heard the echoes of the word ‘sun’
in the form of dejected caws
uttered by hungry ravens in broken nests.



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