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


Charmaine Thomson lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University.

She has been published in New Zealand and United States publications including the 4th Floor Literary Journal, The New Zealand Poetry Society journal, a fine line, The Blackmail Press, The Shot Glass Journal, the Fib Review, Sport and Turbine.

She is interested in exploring the connections between composition and poetry.

Charmaine Thomson

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Me and Chet Baker

I bet Chet never met people who liked feet
they don't write love songs about that,
it's certainly not for me.

A solitary trumpet would not immortalise it;
maybe the afterglow in the car
with lickable stars above.

I didn't fall or get in the way,
but didn't dismiss it either,
playing high arches with brushes.

How was I to know you'd die of longing,
it seemed so improbable,
for one who diagnosed perversions.