another daydream

another daydream

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Erase and Change

 

 

 

No Country for Old Men Young Women



                                                                                                            

                                                                                ~LCMH




Monday, June 20, 2022

"& Poetry"


I will be hosting and manning, or womaning, a poetry tent at Art on Cullers Run again this year. A true community event, all are welcome to contribute to a collaborative poem at my table. Afterward, this will be arranged and composed according to its own poetic music and imagery. My job is simply to craft the excellent material into a full piece. The resulting poem becomes the voice of the two day festival.

To be "& Poetry" is an honor amongst these fine artists. For 2022, I'm bringing individual poems to peruse and purchase (signed and stamped) as well as the books Striking Light from Ashes and Muse in a Suitcase. See you there...or see you back at the blog with a brand new community poem.

Warm wishes,
Charise


Tuesday, May 31, 2022

"Cumulus Mass"

 Cumulus Mass

            for Uvalde

 

Bit of blue, shaped

like the state of Texas,

punctuates the cumulus.

 

Sky-watching from grassy 

mounds of buttercups

on Memorial weekend.

 

Already nebulous,

what existed seconds

ago. No rainfalls.

 

No searing suns.  

More passing geographies

listing heavenward.

 


~LCMH

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Upcoming Reading

Along with other Kelsay Books authors, I'll be participating in a poetry reading at The Parkside Lounge, May 21, between 2:00-5:00 pm. Stop by! Cheer me on from afar! 

NYC is a magical place, always has been for me, and I look forward to returning with poems in hand. 

Cheers,
Charise
 
 

Friday, April 29, 2022

A Sign to Remind

 

A dear friend sent me this photo from the library in Charlottesville, Virginia. As the national spotlight on poetry for the month of April ends, a question looms: "got poetry?"

My chapbook Muse in a Suitcase is one year in print and now on sale at amazon. This is what happens when a book is no longer hot off the press. Meanwhile, it's still growing––consider the reach. Thanks to those who have already embraced these poems; and if you haven't, take advantage of a sale. The worth is the same, I promise. 

https://www.amazon.com/Muse-Suitcase-Charise-M-Hoge/dp/1954353251

 
Warm Wishes,
Charise

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

April = Poetry = Alice

 

For national poetry month, I'm showcasing the work of Alice Walker. She was a teacher of mine for a summer creative writing course at Sarah Lawrence College. That was before The Color Purple hit the literary world. In her class she advocated for an authentic voice, and would call us out if we were not using ours. 


Cheers,
Charise

Sunday, March 27, 2022

Art to Art

Photo by Salwan Georges, The Washington Post

Sandbags are used to protect this monument in Odessa, Ukraine. At the same time, the installation of sandbags makes a new statement of art. It's arresting. 

I'm thinking that an ekphrastic challenge is at hand. Write a poem that speaks to this image, art to art. Will you take up the poetry prompt? It's the first prompt of this blog, probably way overdue.

Warm wishes,
Charise

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

"Legacy"


Legacy

         for Michelle Ava

  

 

The light insists––

though rare 

is the iridescence 

carried on a cloud.

 

I saw one today

as we were discussing

plans for your memorial.

 

Prismatic emblem,

a cloud rainbow.

 

You would have applauded

the synchronicity of that.

 

You are that synchronicity.

 

Look––la lumière, la luz,

vibrant even in the vapor.



            ~LCMH