Ken Kerr

Rookie (16th December 1954 / Durban)

Ken Kerr
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I am a survivor. (Gloria Gaynor would be proud of me) . I have survived an abusive childhood; apartheid; AIDS; depression; addictions and guilt at being gay. But through all of this I have continually followed my inborn quest for meaning and wholeness.

To borrow Christopher Isherwood's description of himself in the opening paragraphs of 'Goodbye to Berlin', 'I (too) am a camera'. I have recorded my life in my poems and now as I read through them I encounter forgotten moments and unexpected feelings. Not having fully committed to the life that I'd been given, I have no life at all...only a handful of words that could easily have been written by someone other than me; a fistful of ... more »

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Love Poem: Don'T Get Too Close

and nose tips
and lips
examine the ragged planes
of my face

It's the morning after
and I'm scared
that I have given too much
expecting laughter
I am surprised
to find you
so seriously
examining me

My eyes beg you
not to leave
but already I am pushing you

Spend the day
but don't get too close

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