Monthly Archives: October 2019

publication of Ouafa and Thawra (book of poems, drawings and an essay)


Poetry, Drawings, Essay


“Ouafa and Thawra is a nomadic collection: well-travelled and restless, but with roots firmly in revolutionary Tunisia, a tumultuous country “where people are sweet/

where even the hypocrisy is sweet.” Arturo Desimone travels fearlessly between genres, too, with sketches deepening the reading experience and a postscript essay on Tunisia

before and after the ‘Arab Spring’ adding context to the poems (and offering the controversial but sound claim that the Arab Spring was catalysed by the events of 2003 in Iraq). Desimone is wholly original: his poems simultaneously draw on a breathtaking, freewheeling sense of linguistic innovation, and on a timeless well of imagery and mythology.” 

Jacob Silkstone, managing editor of Asymptote

journal, co-founder of The Missing Slate

link url to African Books Collective (distributor)



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reprint of short story The Conversation of Angels

A short story I wrote in 2005 or so, since this year in the fantastic Australian literary website for poems, prose and pin-up girls, Horror Sleaze Trash

link here


My thanks to Arthur Graham the new editor/sensitivity-reader of H.S.T

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