Two Books by

Susan Singer Kerschner

First Book:

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:

Molecular storm
science defies hurricane
disease exiting

MD Anderson's article about book

About the Author

Susan Kerschner's poems have appeared ​i​n ​the anthology The  Burden of  Light:  Poems on Illness and Loss;  Shirazad;  ​Arts Connection;   BardFest ​Anthology; Circle Magazine; small press periodicals including River Poets (Lily  Press); The  River of  Bucks County, PA and ​other ​online literary magazines.  She was​ featured​ in the Poets & Painters exhibit at the Berks Arts Council event at the Reading​ Pagoda Gallery.  She won ​poetry ​awards in​ two Summit Arts competition​s​ in Schuylkill  County,  PA.  She  is a ​poetry​ judge in the annual Young Poets competition grades K-12 in Berks County, PA schools, and is presently working on releasing her second  ​book of poems, Soul  and Bone.​  Her story as a writer was profiled  in MD Anderson Cancer Center's Summer 2013 Network Magazine, page 3.

Buy the Book

Buy the printed book on-line at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

A Kindle e-book interactive version of this book has Susan reading five of her poems. Buy the Kindle version at Amazon worldwide:

If you live outside the US, check your own country's Amazon web site under, "The Shoulders of Country Roads."

 Kindle Interactive Edition: This Print Replica book features interactive content which is only supported on Fire Tablets (3rd Generation and above) and Kindle apps for Android phones and tablets. Customers who download this book to other devices (such as an iPad or Mac Kindle app) will receive a standard Print Replica book without the voice recordings.

Susan Singer Kerschner

Paperback: $15.00

or $9.99 (Kindle version)

Hear Susan read her poem, "Elegy"

Second Book

Soul and Bone

To lose a father or parent is universal. The ability to voice that grief is what is unique about the collection of poems in Soul and Bone. Her father's life, beginning with his early years as a World War II bomber pilot, is laid out before the reader in the finest detail through simple experiences. We can examine our own grief through the poet's personal allegory, yet taste the acrid emotion evoked through her words, and perhaps reconcile how it feels to be without a loved one who was with us from our beginning. 

Soul and Bone is Susan Singer Kerschner's second book to bring us through a very personal journey. Unlike a compilation of unrelated poems, this pointed focus on the theme of loss turns the ordinary into a poignant reaction to what is really churning in the heart and mind of the one left behind.


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