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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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End of spring near Cuba St

after Wang Wei

A bee, a fly, a small white moth
flicker in the long grass
invading a shrub wreathed in confusion
bearing both white flowers and red berries
Bellis perennis dusts the lawn like icing sugar on a sponge
sharing it with oxalis and dandelion flowers
The immaculate garden of the nearby synagogue is constrained
behind locked iron gates