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Issue # 8 September 2012
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Anne Hollier Ruddy has always liked to be by water - whether growing up by the sea in NZ, living close to the Thames in Surrey, UK for some years, back to the ocean in Auckland, then for 11 years near the Noosa River and at Bribie Island, Queensland. In 2011 she relocated to Auckland where she now writes poetry – within a short distance of the sea.

Anne Hollier Ruddy

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Gumboots glare white
against wet sand
brown arms dig for pipi
their thin dog runs free
sniffs shells with joy.
Low tide eddies.

On a jetty the more
affluent ply rods, reels, lines
but here dark hands
scoop out what will be
after grit is rinsed
pale flesh succulence.