Let's start with Bethany Causey's review of Taste of the Edge:
Ah, A Taste of the Edge, how we all aspire to have that little spark of life ignited in us. Ali Znaidi does an exceptional job of igniting that little spark, “a taste of the edge stays w/ you forever.” Reading his poetry is like caramelized sugar on top of your crème brulee. It’s sweet and glazed on top with much more thickness once you dig in. He has a way of opening up your mind to thinking new things and seeing the world in a different perspective, for example he writes “I took some drops of bleach & rinsed my T.V. screen, trying to erase all of the mass communication theories of politics, & the double-standard.” Now, when I watch the news I have this image forever stuck in my head. I highly suggest reading this with an open mind and little to no distractions around you. His word choice is superb, but not easy to understand if you have a million other things going on around you. I can promise you that you will not find yourself bored reading Ali Znaidi’s Taste of the Edge. He has a way of creating similes that you never would have thought of such as “she also keeps reminding me that crying erupted like lava flows as the needle.” His poetry makes you want to curl up with a blanket, candle, and cup of tea while you read.