I will be signing copies of Cake Ladies at the Cook’s Warehouse Midtown Atlanta Location on Sunday, August 5th from 2-4 pm. Hope to see you there! (ps: there will be cake)
Piece of Cake
by Kathryn Stripling Byer
(written for Poet Laureate installation, 2005, at the state capitol)
When the young woman calling from
Charlotte to interview me for her radio program
asked, “What is a Laureate, anyway?”
I heard my voice hem and haw
like a bad line of poetry. I thought I heard all of the Old
North State holding its breath while I struggled
to say something clever, but all I could think of
was “lariat.” Then in a moment
of quiet desperation, I thought of Laurette,
who lives just down the road
from my childhood home, hands busy sculpting
the icing on each of her Milky Way cakes
as she stands in the heart of her kitchen,
the sun sliding into the cornfields, another June
day disapearing, another night kindling
its Milky Way stars,
and at long last I know how to answer
that question. A Laureate
lassoes the Milky Way,
word after luminous word of it,
holding it out in her hands
like a piece
of Laurette’s chocolate cake
You’ll like the way poetry tastes!
(Kay Byer. ps: Nice tights!)
Last week, I had the pleasure of being invited to speak at a conference at Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina called “Okra to Opera: The Conference on Southern Culture.” The conference started in the early 1960′s, when Flannery O’Connor and Eudora Welty were featured as speakers. I knew that I had been asked to participate on a panel discussion on the shifting landscape of Southern foodways, but what I didn’t know is that I would get to meet, and be inspired by, an abundance of gifted Southern women; professors and artists and writers and farmers and musicians.
Click on the link to see the first of three recipes I shared on Carolina Kitchen on our local news station, WLOS:
Brooklyn New York!
-We made cakes in Lee and Gerrit’s Bed-Stuy apartment
-We had a book signing at The Brooklyn Kitchen
-We had a dinner party with TWO PAELLAS! Two!
-We rode the Staten Island Ferry. This was Jasper’s favorite part.
I am so incredibly grateful to have traveled to and from so many wonderful friends… and I’m grateful to be home. Thanks to everyone who made Fall 2011 Cake Ladies Book Tour a success! xoxo
So, we headed north for Thanksgiving and book tour. Highlights included:
-Visiting wonderful friends
-Thanksgiving dinner with Clan Macfarlane
-Book signing at Global Libations, hosted by Go Indie!