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Wiatt publishes collection of poetry, prose

Roberta Wiatt of Gloucester has published her first book of poetry and prose for adults, “Ramblin’ Prose.”

The 32-page paperback book includes Wiatt’s musings on a wide variety of topics, from having the braces removed from her teeth as an adult to her love of the piano. She has a tribute to choir singers, an ode to “The Beauty of the Morning,” a darker piece about a soldier called to fight the war in Vietnam, and more.

Wiatt said the pieces go all the way back to her high school days, when she wrote a column for the school paper, “Wits from Wiatt,” and made up little stories to tell her sister and her friends.

“Most of the time ideas just came into my head and I would quickly write them down before they were forgotten,” said Wiatt in an explanatory note at the beginning of the book. “Words are wonderful things, and I love putting them together in unique ways.”

A retired high school physical education teacher, Wiatt has published four books for children, but she said h...

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