Monday, November 14, 2011

Grandmother and a Bowl of Cherries

What Can You See in a Bowl of Cherries?                                                                                             

          Soon to be published by Prufrock Press, Reflections is a collection of poems and photos intended primarily for use in classrooms . Contributors to this work include students, teachers, and others from all over the country. Foremost among these contributors are students and teachers at Lake Forest High School, Lake Forest, Illinois. The work will include an introduction by Joe Miller, Ph.D, Director of English Education at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
         One fine example of a poem included in this unique work is LFHS teacher Dr. Mara Dukats' "Grandmother." In addition to this poem and others by the same author, Reflections will include poems by LFHS teachers Amy Lyons and Karen Topham, as well as contributions by seven LFHS students.

Your furrowed hands, spotted with the years,
your fingernails, so subtly earthen
your slender, crooked fingers busy,
as we sit at the edge of the grove,
pitting harvested cherries with bobby pins.

Anchored on the stump, you’re poised,
cradling between your knees the metal pot
into which drop, our sour cherries.

The pot fills unexpectedly (for me)
though you have always known
how simply one can fill the years
with marmelade.
                                           -Mara Dukats

We're Still on the Lookout for More Poems

             If you and/or your students  would like to submit poems for possible publication in Reflections, please contact me through this blog with your e-mail address and the word REFLECTIONS in your message.

Where Can You Find Photos?
           If you need photos for inspiration and would like to receive up to three from my files for free, please click on "My Stock Photos" (above, right). Then just let me know the titles of the  photos you want to receive. I'll send you .jpgs you can use for yourself or in the classroom. 


      Published by Cottonwood Press in 2009, Write What You See: 99 Photos To Inspire Writing by Hank Kellner is now marketed by Prufrock Press. Please visit now to order this fine book. This thought-provoking collection contains photographs and a wide variety of inventive writing prompts to motivate students.
     Written by a veteran of the Korean War and retired educator who has served as an English Department supervisor and adjunct associate professor of English at the community college level, Write What you See includes a CD-Rom and a special section telling how teachers nationwide use photos to inspire writing. 118 pages, 8 1/2 X 11, Softbound, ISBN 978-1-877673-83-2, Grades 7-12, $24.95

Photos Copyright © Hank Kellner, 2011
"Grandmother" Copyright © Mara Dukats, 2011

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