Judith Kerman is a poet, performer and artist with broad cultural and scholarly interests. She has published eight books or chapbooks of poetry, most recently Galvanic Response from March Street Press.
My revised webpage is powered by WordPress. I may not blog very often, but I will post my current activities and publications, as well as my resume, bibliography, photos, etc.
I have a lot of material to bring over to this site, so things are under construction. Please forgive the dust.
New! The video documentary, Carnaval in the Dominican Republic, which I made in 2005, is now available on YouTube.
Here’s a poem I like, recently published in Earth’s Daughters magazine. It’s the title poem of my currently-circulating manuscript.
slides from his
warm soup into bitter air,
breathes but does not cry,
of a life without promises,
the dirty floor where language
will creep but no one hears it.
He is the first son.
Describe the ache to say.
Ellipsis, not the egg
When he is old enough
to read, the letters crack
and fall apart, flakes of burnt paper.
He is a window with a missing pane.
Wind blows through on winter nights.
His father’s hat and beard
hunch over the kitchen table,
a shawl over his shoulders,
his hand trembling with chill
as he traces the lines of text.