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


Stephen Devereux is a poet, short story writer, essayist and scriptwriter. His work has been published in the UK, Eire, USA, Australia, Germany and Austria. He has won/been placed in many competitions. He lives and works in Liverpool.

Stephen Devereux


Victorian Bust of Shakespeare

They've got his trademark
hairline, beard and domed brow
just right. But he looks like them.

His eyes look beyond us
at some high ideal. Those lips
never knew a brothel kiss.
No one seeing this would
accuse him of poetry.
Or of Hamlet.

But his marble shirt is clean.