another daydream

another daydream

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Appalachian Mountain Hug

We're getting ready for the next Art on Cullers Run event in Mathias, WVA! 

This will be my fifth year joining as poet-in-residence. We've had a community-generated poem by visitors to my tent on each occasion, and it's a highlight of the year for me. Poetry as a patchwork quilt, you could say, where I'm the seamstress putting together other people's phrases thematically. This can't be done virtually––the in-person experience of the event, the location, the arts, and conversation becomes the "fabric" of a poem. 





"Art on Cullers Run 2024," surrounded by the Appalachian Mountains, is about a two hour drive from Washington, DC. See you there?  

Cheers,
Charise



Friday, May 24, 2024

Dance Portrait


I met my dance portrait in an art gallery. What a humbling, delightful encounter! The photographer is Jeff Malet, and his art exhibit “Fiesta Asia through the eyes of Jeff Malet” is on display at The Ven Embassy Row, Washington, DC. 

Coincidentally, I’ll be on stage again Dancing to Ancient Rhythms for Fiesta Asia 2024, June 1. All performances are outdoors near the Capitol, free to the public. Enjoy the arts… here, there, wherever you are. 

Cheers,
Charise 

Saturday, May 4, 2024

May Means Manhattan Reading

The annual Kelsay Books poetry reading is happening at The Parkside Lounge on May 18. When you hear a poem in the voice of the poet, it takes on a certain magic. There's the difference between how the words live on the page, and how they move into the air, in an acoustic space. 

If you're in the area, stop by! Each Kelsay book author reads two poems in a lovely rotation of voice and approach. 

 


Last year I chose the first and the last poem of Muse in a Suitcase. It may be time to turn to the middle.
 
Cheers,
Charise

Thursday, April 18, 2024

April is for Poetry

Happy National Poetry Month! This is a reminder to read a poem here and there... wherever you find one, in whatever voice speaks to you. 

This year the one I'm sharing is by Forugh Farrokhzad, a Persian poet who wrote in the 1950s & 60s. On the left of this photo capture is her original, on the right is an English translation. 




Enjoy finding poetry everywhere.

Cheers,
Charise

Monday, April 1, 2024

The Dance of Creativity

Happy April and the Fool's Day, which points to new beginnings!

Please welcome my new book, co-authored with my dear colleague Kate (who also did this smashing cover), Meet Your Muse: The Dance of Creativity.

https://mybook.to/MeetYourMuse

Inside, you'll find practices to tap into your creative nature, more of Kate's art, writing prompts, poetry, food (well, a "menu for rituals of self-care"). We've had a wonderful experience working with our publisher, Springtime Books. Click the link above to view more about the book and to order!

From the foreword by Jeff Kaplan, PhD: “What sets this book apart is the authors’ ability to combine the concepts of Eastern philosophy, Greek mythology, and modern psychology to create a holistic approach to creativity.”  It’s not stuffy—it’s spacious, in a zen and heartful way. 

Cheers,
Charise


Friday, March 22, 2024

The Poem Asks

 

A poem was asked into being by a loved one. Now, the poem itself asks to be shared in the form of a reading. 

Feel free to click the link below to view. It's roughly a minute in length, from the quiet of my sunroom. 

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Warmly,
Charise



Friday, February 23, 2024

"A Voice for Navalny"

The New Verse News features my poem "A Voice for Navalny." 
I lean on Irina... what would she say? 

Please read here: https://thenewversenews.substack.com/i/141892157/a-voice-for-navalny

Grateful to the editor of this journal, James Penha, for choosing poetry that sheds light on current events.