Keith Nunes (Tauranga, New Zealand) was a newspaper sub-editor for more than 20 years but he now writes to stay sane. He's been published widely in his own country and increasingly in the UK and US (including Shot Glass), was highly commended in the 2014 NZ Poetry Society international poetry competition and is a Pushcart Prize nominee. He lives with artist Talulah Belle and a coterie of nutters.
I'm constantly casting off moods like clothes
yet, I remain the same
olive-skinned somewhat inadequate mannish boy
who stopped reaching out for love when
the vitriolic eruption turned into breathless cooled lava
and mothers and fathers went on perpetual sabbatical.
but it's never too late to be worse than you were.