Secret Keeper is my third collection published by Modjaji Books in 2018.
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.
“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
The Weather Report is my second collection, self-published in 2014.
‘Funny fresh playful, absurd, yearning, elegiac, dark and wicked: Kerry Hammerton’s second collection sings deeply
My debut collection of poetry, These are the lies I told you, was published by Modjaji Books in October 2010.
‘Hammerton’s poetry tells stories we never tire of living and reliving especially when told new. Her light, sometimes witty, understated control of words, makes this telling deliciously new.’ Moira Richards (Review in Cape Times Friday 12 November 2010)
‘In the past couple of months I have dipped into you poetry collection…to savour a taste of what you write….but yesterday I read The Lies I told You from cover to cover. I found it an extraordinary collection…so much tenderness and heartache….I am very moved by your beautiful words.’ Joanne Hichens, author of Divine Justice and Sweet Paradise. (Her Facebook page can be found by following this link: Joanne Hichens)
The paperback formats of all my collections can be bought directly from me. ebook (kindle and epub) formats of my first two collections are also available.
Both of my first two collections are available as eBooks via Amazon. Here is a link to my Amazon Author Page: Kerry Hammerton.
My poetry appears in the following anthologies:
Cutting Carrots the Wrong Way. Edited by Kobus Moolman and published by Uhlanga (2017)
Hallelujah for 50ft Women. Edited by Raving Beauties and published by Bloodaxe Books. (2015)
Difficult to Explain. Edited by Finuala Dowling and published by Hands on Books. (2010)
Africa! My Africa and Heart of Africa. Edited by Patricia Schonstein and published by Africa Sun Press.(2013 & 2014)
One of my poems appears in the international Rhino anthology created by Harry Owen to raise money for Rhino conservation. The collection is called For a Rhino in a Shrinking World. The full story about the anthology can be found on the following website: For a Rhino in a Shrinking World.
Poems also appear in the McGregor Poetry Festival Anthologies for 2013, 2014 and 2015.
My short story ‘Spider Woman’ was published in the Short Sharp Stories 2017 anthology Trade Secrets