another daydream

another daydream

Monday, October 11, 2021

Pairing Poetry and Art

These are the pages of the October Issue of Beyond Words Literary Magazine where my poem lives, paired with the art of Rita Malenczyk. 

The artist and I have never met. The editor chose our collaboration on paper (and in digital format). What do you think? 

There's so much to read into this artwork––gazing into it the way you'd gaze into a crystal ball. And isn't it uncanny how the color orange shows up to meet my poetry (chapbook covers a case in point)?


Monday, September 27, 2021

Scenes from the Streetcar

We carried poetry books,

a singing bowl, and an ocean drum,

as the streetcar carried us

up and down H street

for Art All Night DC. 




How fun to be in-person to share these offerings!  

Thanks to those who hung out with us 

in the Poetry & Sound space 

for a little while. 

May your travels hold more light-hearted moments...

Warm wishes,
Charise (and Jeneen)

Friday, September 24, 2021

Poems On the Go

Hop on the Streetcar Saturday for Art All Night H Street, DC. "Here We Are" is an in-person (!) poetry performance plus soundscape by Jeneen Piccuirro from 8:00 to 9:00 pm. This is a moving streetcar experience––come and go as you please, partake and enjoy our offering of poems and sound, shifting to a different kind of listening. 

Thursday, September 9, 2021

“Good Riddance”

The October issue of Beyond Words Literary Magazine is ready to order at their website: 

My poem “Good Riddance” is featured there, and you can also click on the link below to catch my reading. It’s great fun to create a tiny desk—in my case, dining room table—performance. 


May all your wishes for better times, better fortunes, come true! 

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

If You Are So Inclined

Rahela Majidi, the cover artist of my first chapbook Striking Light from Ashes, has put together a GoFundMe for her family members who fled Afghanistan. They are currently being detained in removal camps in Istanbul, and have appealed the decision to deport them back to Afghanistan. Funds will help them with attorney fees and basic needs. Please open the link to read their story. Offer anything you can. Wish them safety and well-being. If you have read this, then you are helping with your attention and concern. Thank you so much.

Warm wishes,

Monday, August 2, 2021

"Higher Ground"

 Higher Ground

            for Khet Thi and the others


I am a vine

climbing through empty nymph casings of Brood X

summer droplets of rain in the Northern Hemisphere

plastic sheaths of tossed newspapers 


The World section coverage of a strange exodus 

“Northbound Wild Elephant Eating and Walking Tour” 
bordering Myanmar a herd has left its habitat


military coup quashes new flowering of freedoms 
underfoot a cri de coeur ignored is quivering 
toward higher ground the call is borne

ghosted poets are carried on the backs of pachyderms 
away from a host of atrocities away from
disquieting lands to become legend


August marks six months since the military coup in Myanmar #justiceformyanmar 


Monday, July 12, 2021

Art Show Word Collage

Here is the community poem from Art on Cullers Run 2021. Thank you to everyone who participated––these are your wonderful words, not mine. By using a poetic technique called erasure, I chose parts of phrases to blend with other parts of phrases. Enjoy!

Art Show Word Collage

Mountains speak.

Crowds gather 
in response, in fellowship.

The new of the old jolly tune.

Art is here, everywhere.

Echoes of grace 

escape the urban graveyard 

to bask in the breeze, the sunlight. 

Smiles nibble away 

a life hidden.
Welcome home to yourself.

What could be better?

A day is all.

I stall and scribble.

I’m not creative…at all, at all.

"Muse chair" in the poetry tent
Empathy is the way. 

Enter this church and worship art:

earth, fire, water, wind, and even metal,

light bending through glass.

Words are a beautiful window

…healing, magic. 

Life’s humor unmatched.

I’m so inspired by the artists, their creations.

How can I compare to this?

The divine resides in all of us…

hummingbirds, owls, fox. 

Green gateway to another way.

You are always home. 

Stay or stay away until…


I’ve talked to so many people 

who might become friends.




Wednesday, July 7, 2021

And 1,2,3...presto!

The poetry tent was prepared and the people came. It was a busy weekend at Art on Cullers Run. We remembered how to talk to strangers, converse about life and art, share inspiration and stories. Thirty-three of you contributed to a community building poem, which will soon be shared. I'm shaping it into its best form with the flow of many voices. Stay tuned...

Warm wishes,