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Issue # 2 September 2010
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Shot Glass Journal is an on-line poetry journal devoted to short poetry. Where other poetry journals publish poems of various lengths and forms, Shot Glass focuses on both free verse and form poetry of 16 lines or less. The Inaugural issue met with great enthusiasm in the poetry world, which is reflected in the number of submissions we received for Issue #2. So we are pleased to announce that we will be publishing Shot Glass Journal three times a year instead of twice.

We hope you enjoy Issue #2, which features a New Zealand poetry section as well as an international collection of poetry from widely published poets to first-time published poets. You will also find a Glossary of poetry forms which represent some of the poems published in Shot Glass issues.

Why only short poetry? It is far more difficult to capture a message in fewer words and still have an affect on a reader. Shot Glass is dedicated to those poets who have much to say in the fewest words possible. As William Shakespeare wrote in Hamlet, "…brevity is the soul of wit…"