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Barbara Ker-Mann
Author of Fleeing Polio on Wings 

Like the Eagle & Pen and Palette 

Travelogue, Artist

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The Writer, Her Season 

by Barbara Ker-Mann

There’s summer in strung cherries
nuance in the blood red stain of the juice
rhythms for dancing as the stones hit the plate
She is a maker of fine jams and jellies
yet does not smear her hands by stains of berries
She finds fruit enough
beneath the boughs of the cherry tree
eats those fruits that drop
sucks at the sting of insects
fills her page with words that dance
bites into the flesh of her senses
fashions it as rhymes that sing
draws out the colours of the season
rids her heart of stones come to surface
her mind the colander