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.
Kerry Hammerton has published poetry in various South African and overseas literary journals and anthologies – most recently Hallelujah for 50ft Women (Bloodaxe Books: 2015). She has two published poetry collections: These are the lies I told you (Modjaji 2010) and The Weather Report (2014). Kerry has an MA in Creative Writing with Distinction Rhodes University and is currently working on a PhD at the University of the Western Cape. Kerry lives in Cape Town.
“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.”
“Hammerton’s subtly playful journey in this collection [These are the Lies I told you] is amusing, refreshing and extraordinarily entertaining.”