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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, New Zealand. A former teacher of accelerate students and mother of four, Suzanne is a poet, an award winning NZ artist, curator at the NZ Academy of Fine Arts, and a selector and judge of national exhibitions. 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, various Anthologies and National Poetry Day selections in NZ & US, and chosen for Volume 12 of Katherine Mansfield Studies, to be published by Edinburgh University Press.

Suzanne Herschell

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An Early Morning's Reading of Poetry

morning swirls into the sky on stirred air
whooshing & hurling an agitation of thoughts
communing with currents unusual & fresh
that snatch at fibre or whim     each stretching alive
in the howl & haul to the high stratosphere

I wrap myself in customary black
a peasant of dark imaginings & search
the depths of esoteric verse to unearth its strata
its diverse threads     connect or untie

& hang my own on jostled lines
to string like an elusive kite as I cling
holding taut the course of a bird
soaring to a speck in this turbulent sky
with a flock of words on wing