shot glass
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


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.

Keith Nunes

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the brain's shuffling as I sit under the umbrella of soda water drinkers and tailor-mades wondering why I'm listening to the clear-cuts spell out how far they're gonna go, their luster is blinding me, these conversations are like oral exams, I feel like a defendant and that everything I say will be taken down and used in evidence against me, somewhere inside my ribs and cartlidges I've let go of the coming days, I've cracked open and emptied the tank that was dangerously low for years, I lurch toward the sanctuary of a low-lit bar with people who laugh at their bad luck and sleep in their own shadows, I'm glad I'm not in love