Ken Kerr

Rookie (16th December 1954 / Durban)

Biography of Ken Kerr

Ken Kerr poet

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 poems that were written or never written or are still to be written. A slim volume of memories. I offer them here for you to enjoy, malign, keep, share or discard and whatever you do with them I thank you for taking your time to read them.

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