Susan Singer Kerschner

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The Shoulders of Country Roads:
My Journey from Head and Neck Cancer

This is not a sad story, nor does it attempt to hide the horrific details of head and neck cancer. The poet takes the reader through the course of the disease beginning with the discovery of her cancer. The crossover of word-as-art and the gritty realm of medical treatment comprise the world within "The Shoulders of Country Roads." A single haiku carries her story to its positive finish:

Mollecular storm
science defies hurricane
disease exiting

 

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About the Author

Susan Kerschnerís poems have appeared in Arts Connection, BardFest 2000 Anthology, Shirazad, Circle Magazine, small press periodicals including River Poets (Lily Press), The River of Bucks County, PA and online literary magazines. In 2002, she was a participant in the Poets & Painters exhibit at the Berks Arts Council Gallery at the Reading Pagoda in Reading, PA. The author also won awards in the 1997 and 1998 Summit Arts Competition in Schuylkill County, PA. She is a judge in the annual Young Poets Competition grades K‑12 in Berks County, PA schools. A Spoken Word CD project is scheduled to be released entitled Forest of You, a collection of her poetry with acoustic music accompaniment. 

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