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“In this remarkable collection of “definitions,” Judith Kerman has created a poetic dictionary, a book of memories, and compendium of exquisitely worded images that help us understand how a woman sees the world around her. With both wit and artistry, each of Kerman's “definitions” begins with clear prose and slowly flows into the realm of poignant poetry. This is a wonderful and essential book.”

—Eleanor Lerman, author of Satellite Street

“Judith Kerman's definitions is a witty and wonderful book. She has shared with us some pages from her personal dictionary, giving us a glimpse into how all good writers move beyond the ordinary definitions of words. In this book, we get to overhear the hidden associations and resonances that make even common words volatile and lively. Definitions will make you pay closer attention to the words you encounter every day.”

— Charles Rafferty, author of The Smoke of Horses

“Dear Judy, I got a  kick out of your quirky poems (Or is it one big even quirkier poem?)  (Make a poem for “Quirk”?)  If you want a blurb, which is even a quirkier word than “quirk,”  I’d be glad for you to use the above.” 

—Arthur Waskow, author of Dancing in God’s Earthquake, a quirky book about what used to be called, with awe, The Bible.

Elephant - a short video by Nancy Rodwan

Poetry Night at Caffe Lena - June 2, 2021 with Jim Eve, Stuart Bartow, & Judith Kerman   (video)

Judith’s website

Judith’s poet/writer Facebook page

About the Author

Judith Kerman is a poet, a clown (Reb Kugel, the Rubbadubdubber Rebbe),and an artist working in multiple media. She  as published ten books or chapbooks of poetry, most recently Aleph, broken: Poems from My Diaspora (Broadstone Books, 2016), three books of translations of Spanish Caribbean women, and two scholarly anthologies. Kerman was a Fulbright Senior Scholar to the Dominican Republic in 2002, translating Dominican women writers and researching Dominican folkways. In addition to learning Dominican papier-mache mask making, she filmed, wrote and edited a 24-minute video, Dominican Carnaval, visible on YouTube. After a career in university teaching and administration, she moved to Woodstock, NY, where she runs Mayapple Press. She founded Earth's Daughters magazine in Buffalo, NY, which has been published regularly since 1971.

(Author photo by Tim M. Inman)