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


Suzanne Herschell lives in the harbour side community of Eastbourne across from Wellington in New Zealand. A former teacher of accelerate students and mother of four, Suzanne is a poet and an award winning artist represented in NZ and overseas. She is also a curator at the NZ Academy of Fine Arts, a selector and judge of national exhibitions and curator of NZ's 2018 Parkin Drawing Prize. Her poems have been published in Meniscus (Australia), NZ Poetry Society - A Fine Line, Blackmail Press, Shot Glass Journal, Fib Review (USA), The Ghazal Page, Plate in the Mirror 2016 Anthology, Eastbourne Anthology (Makaro Press) and National Poetry Day selections.

Suzanne Herschell

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Shares in a Child on Boxhagener Strasse

it came in the post
the fotobook from Am Bruckenholtz
to fit the palm of a distant hand
Antipodean - once the scene
of the hungry caterpillar's green cupcakes
with a single candle then
she was looking in all four ages
at whoever held this life
those times only imagined here
how absence is just an image
how pictures of happiness scatter feelings
how innocent the detonation
how kites holding aloft hope have a habit
of soaring with the air of optimistic streams
and diving in a capricious void