ISBN 9781928215578
Pages 68
Dimensions 210 x 140mm
Published 2018
Publisher Modjaji Books, South Africa
Format Paperback

Secret Keeper

by Kerry Hammerton

In poems that memorialise and celebrate both the extraordinary and every day with unnerving clarity, Kerry Hammerton traverses the landscapes of loss and living, recalling the weight of past loves, new life and imminent death. Hers is the poetics of honesty: an un-filtered account of dying paired with the burning urgency of youth and sex. Hammerton fuses each tenebrous poem with the wryness of its counterpart, balancing joy and mourning in a harmony that echoes the human experience. Unflinching and daring, The Secret Keeper is a collection that sings.

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Secret Keeper, her third collection, testifies to the growing strength of Hammerton’s poetic voice. These poems are brave and honest. Sharp as the truth. They look life and death, ageing and loss, squarely in the face. And still smile.”

Kobus Moolman

“Hammerton’s subtly playful journey in this collection [These are the Lies I told you] is amusing, refreshing and extraordinarily entertaining.”

The Star
About the Author

Kerry Hammerton

Kerry Hammerton is a poet, writer and alternative health practitioner. She is a graduate of The University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg) and The College of Integrated Chinese Medicine (Reading, UK). Her poetry has been published in South African literary journals such as Carapace, New Contrast and New Coin, online at Litnet and Incwadi. She has also been a contributor to The Empty Tin Readings (May 2010) and The Poetry Project. These are the lies I told you is her first poetry collection. Kerry has fewer wrinkles than she should have at her age – or so her friends tell her.