Poetry Books for Adults
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with James Dickey
Alabama School of Fine Arts, Birmingham, AL

with Robert Hayden
Library of Congress, Washington, DC


with James Baldwin
Alabama School of Fine Arts, Birmingham, AL

with Mark Strand
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Books for Kids

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"To the Moon"
Ink drawing by Chip Ghigna

Life’s An Illusion

Life’s an illusion,
A dream on the wing,
A summerful fancy,
A winter of spring.

Life is a circus,
A high-wire act,
A tiptoe of balance,
A never-look-back.

Life is a garden,
A path in the wood,
An apple tree tease
From shouldn’t to should.

Life is a lover,
A promise to keep,
A wish for tomorrow
In a daydream of sleep.

©Charles Ghigna

"Golden Moon"
Acrylic on canvas
60" x 60"

"In Your Face II"
Acrylic & polymer on wood, 12" x 12"

Hands That See

Hands That See

          for Chip

Your hands see
your eyes feel
beyond the real

clouds of blue
skies of white
painting color
into light

dreams awake
the sleeping mind
break the bonds
that keep us blind

you see life  
in grains of sand 
you hold light
within your hand

©Charles Ghigna

The Veiled Nun

My "Veiled Nun" poem was inspired by the marble sculpture
of the same name by Giuseppe Croft (c. 1860)
that appears in the Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C.
and written during my summer residency at the Kennedy Center.

The eyes of the artist
unearthed me,
saw through

my maiden marble,
carved me out
of my cold stone,

set me here
for you who stares
at my white eyes

that hide behind this solid veil
that holds your sight
inside my maker’s hands.

©Charles Ghigna