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"... 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 in 2007. She launched her first collection, My Family & Other Strangers, in December 2012 and has since won Second Prize in the 2013 Caselberg International Poetry Competition. Her current project is a collaborative chapbook with Portuguese poet Hugo Kauri Justo.

Laurice Gilbert

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Haze-covered Islands

Consider your six desires, buckling
your composure to delve deep.

One might be constancy, a dauntless
shudder of canvas on a clement sea;

two become complete certainties, some scant
armada avoiding isolation; the broken

succumb until ultimately three become zero,
merely history.

Submerged in each hopeful cycle, behold the wonder,
though within the drizzle of self-doubt

weightless wishes will drown.