shot glass
Issue # 5 September 2011
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Charmaine Thomson lives in Wellington, New Zealand. Charmaine studied performance music and teaching in the past. She studied poetry through the online programme at Whitireia Polytechnic in 2007. She works in the Tertiary Education sector. She has been published in both New Zealand and United States publications including the 4th Floor Literary Journal, A Fine Line, The Shot Glass Journal and the Fib Review.

Charmaine is interested in exploring the connections between instrumental composition, Neo Latin languages and performance.

Charmaine Thomson



They stripped the hills bare
Leaving only the compound
stretching for the sun

The pines held the prisoners
And played them muted
lullabies, chasing the past away

They left the clay banks
Unfinished and untidy
as an added punishment

Arohata is a women's prison in Wellington, New Zealand. Arohata means "the bridge" in Maori and indicates a wish to provide a bridge between past offending and a future in the wider community.