Cherries, Ripe (a recipe)
pluck one from the bowl
put it to your lips
feel the cool
snap the strand
that once drew life
from the branch
pierce the skin
with a cuspid
to its heart of stone
mash the flesh
or wisdom— if you’ve got it
drain the pulp
of its scarlet hue
and the sharp
at its core
incise the remnants
from the pit
and spit out
Kat Mortensen copyright 2009
(published in SHADOWSTALKING, a collection of Kat’s poems, copyright 2010)
Haven’t been here in a long while, but I just had to share a couple of photos with all of you.
Long time Facebook-friend of mine, Denise Stevens has taken “Shadowstalking” to a new, unexpected and utterly fantastic destination: MOSCOW, Russia!
I am literally BLOWN AWAY by this. Seriously. Now I can die happy.
In case you’ve missed out, my book of poems, “Shadowstalking” is available by clicking on the book image in my sidebar, or by e-mailing me directly at email@example.com
I’d love to send you a signed copy of my first collection with a complimentary bookmark.
That’s just $10 per copy! So, if you know someone who enjoys intelligent and witty verse – some rhyming and some not, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to order a personalized copy.
There’s something for everyone in this book.
Here’s one of the poems in “Shadowstalking” that’s perfect for this time of year:
after the party,
we were tipsy, weren’t we?
And it was just impossible to resist
flinging ourselves (all down-puffed)
backward into that battlement.
the mind-numbing cold
rousing our minds, numbed—
just enough to orchestrate our arms
—our legs into seraphs of snow.
A big thanks to all who participated in the first “Shadowstalking” draw to win a copy of the book with matching bookmark.
The winner, as announced below, is Karen Roy who has been informed and is absolutely delighted!
A couple of people reminded me that I had neglected to provide the answer to the skill-testing question. I suppose I didn’t do that because almost everyone had no problem with determining the answer to be: “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” by D.H. Lawrence. I have never read the book, but after Googling to get information on the spelling of Chatterley, I am certainly keen to dig it out of my packed boxes of books and get started! Some of those posters for dramatic productions are pretty steamy! I should have known though, having read “Women in Love” in university. Phew! I had heard about the book having been banned in the 50s here in Canada, but never thought much of it. Quite honestly, the book wouldn’t have made it through the door in the house where I grew up. My dad would have had it out of there in an instant!
In any event, here are the folks who answered correctly and got their names in the Shadowstalking draw-box:
Mr. and Mrs. Eejit
Blicky Kitty (LM)
Thanks to all who took a shot! Try again next time, or take advantage of my 20% off deal by e-mailing email@example.com or clicking on the Shadowstalking book in the sidebar.
Last night I put all the names of the Shadowstalking contest contenders into my little bird-box and shook it up. Then I asked my husband to reach in and pull out one of the little green post-it notes, which he did.
The winner of a signed copy of my poetry volume and a matching bookmark is … Karen Roy of the gorgeously photographed and written blogs, KaHolly and Down in the Hollow. It’s rather appropriate that she is the winner, since Karen is a great lover of birds, as I am and my little bird-box would be right up her alley, I suspect.
Karen spends equal time in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, a place that (if you’ve read my ancestry blog, Acadianeire) you’ll know is dear to my heart, and also in the U.S.A. She’s currently stateside somewhere, but I’ve yet to determine exactly where. I better work it out soon, since I’ll be mailing her prize.
If you signed up for the draw and didn’t win, don’t despair! I’ll be having another one sometime soon, but you can also think about buying a copy of the book to give as a Christmas gift for someone who enjoys poetry, or even someone who doesn’t care for it too much, because my poetry is very accessible and there’s something in my book for everyone! Or, you may just want a copy for yourself. Click on the book-image in my sidebar to visit the Volumes site or e-mail me for a signed copy.
Today, I’m beginning a special offer for the Christmas season. If you e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, I’ll mail you a copy of “Shadowstalking” for just $9.60 Cdn. That’s a discount of 20%. How’s that for a Black Friday deal?
Well, I’m off to give Karen the good news.
I hope to hear from you soon!
There’s still time to enter the “Shadowstalking” draw.
If you’d like to win a copy of the book plus a matching bookmark, e-mail me at email@example.com with the title of the book that is located to the left of “Shadowstalking” in my header.
Ten clever folks have already sent the correct response to this skill-testing question and their names will be popped into the box in the picture above. I’ll be drawing the lucky winner’s name this Thursday, November 25 at 11:59 p.m. (well, truthfully, it will be more like 9:59 p.m. because I go to bed early), but the point is, come Friday morning I’ll be announcing the winner.
So, don’t delay! Get your response to me lickity-split and I will add you to the list of contestants.
Birds of a Feather …
Already, nine people (see my sidebar) have sent me the answer to the skill-testing question about the title of the book to the left of “Shadowstalking” in my header. They have been entered in the draw to be held on Thursday, and one of these lucky people may be the winner of a copy of my book plus a matching bookmark.
If you’d like a chance to be included in the draw, please read the post below this one and e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Time is running out, so be sure to act soon!