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Jenny Clay has had poetry published in Takahe, New Zealand Poetry Society and Poetry Live anthologies, in Poetry Pudding, a book of poetry for children, and also on the ezines Southern Ocean Review and issue 13 of Blackmail Press . In 2005 she launched a book of poetry ‘Take a Leap’ at Auckland’s Poetry Live.
Secrets The taste of gooseberries from a filigree case, pomegranate seeds from deep in the fruit. Touching the sea of secrets the anemone closes tightly on itself. The secret of the torturer is to escalate fears developing in the darkroom. Secrets smell of rotting apples secrets smell of frankincense. The secret of light scones is to let the air in. Secrets hover over family trees conceal stray branches. The secret to tame a cave weta is to gently rub his belly. When you taste a secret the prickles may jab at your tongue. Secrets stick between your teeth break when you pick at them. Bastion you look out from your burnt face to the harbour a passenger ferry makes its way in a cargo ship slips past Devonport going out wet paspallum by concrete bunkers defended the point from invaders from evaders Danger Keep Out No Entry in the underground bunkers graffiti grapples Hate exact Neva above the flax rubs its leaves together whispering ssecrets