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Issue # 6 January 2012
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Laurice Gilbert is the President of the New Zealand Poetry Society, as a result of randomly making eye contact with someone important at an Annual General Meeting. She is still working on her first collection, which she planned to launch in December 2011 but missed that deadline. Maybe March, maybe not. She has four daughters, none of whom are poets, though one did once win an international poetry competition with a fridge magnet poem.

Laurice Gilbert

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The Potato Eaters

April-May 1885


Eating potatoes by lamplight,
chatting about their
day in the fields,
the peasants are immune
to despair.

When they invited me in
for a cup of tea,
they were dressed for dinner.

Their clothing was the colour of soil.
They wore hats at the table.