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


Suzanne Herschell lives in Eastbourne, 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, curator 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 published by Edinburgh University Press.

Suzanne Herschell

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The Echo of a Return

put on the feel & fit of time away
clothed in strange absence

out in the hills only birds with heavy winged flight
own the place
our solitary presence incongruous

many threads of rain make a quiet tune
to dampen the unspoken dissonance
the lake edge rocks rhythmicallywaves break
antitheticallylow clouded grey blurs clarity
we are buried among sodden burnished trees
shedding a ground of gold leaf
thick with last season
that clings to soles
journeys indoors

to remind us