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


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

Her first collection of poems, Licorice, was published in 2012. Her poems have appeared in the 4th Floor Literary Journal, A Fine Line, The Shot Glass Journal, The Blackmail Press and the Fib Review, Turbine and Sport.

Charmaine studied performance music in the past and is particularly interested in the tensions between Romantic music and human behaviour.

Charmaine Thomson

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One night in 1713 Stradivarius made a compact with the devil

(found poem)

Hidden behind a curtain,
it took two years for him to be exposed,
the skin is nearer than the purse.
No, too loud, no, too soft,
there must have been more than this.
He made no peculiar mark on history.
The consequence may be his immortality,
before the tools had been dispatched,
the varnish hardly worn.
He only knows how to write tragedies,
dictated by pain,
we will encounter the violin again.

Faber, T. (2004). Stradivarius: Macmillan