#PoetryFriday–Exhibit & #Haikuforhope

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Happy Poetry Friday!

This week I’m sharing info on an art exhibit I’m in, and also haikus for December’s call for #haikuforhope.

I’m very happy to be a part of this rich-multilayered exhibit: intimate: small works by 9 artists that’s opening, Friday December 14th and running through the month of January. I thought this would fit in well with the #haikuforhope poetry that are circulating this month–as art often makes me very hopeful! If you are in the Chicago area and interested in attending either the opening or after, let me know and I’ll send you the exact location.

Here’s a blurb about the exhibit:

Art is a process. It’s not just the sweeping gesture and refined form of the grand finished work. It’s the sketch, the study, the drawing, the process of exploring an idea in various media such as graphite, gouache, watercolor, print and small canvas. In these works, the artist’s hand tends to be less disguised, and more discernible. The reduced scale enables a personal connection, pulling us into the work rather than projecting out. We gain insight into the artist’s process. We see decisions made and rescinded right there on the surface through erasure and pentimento. With every drip, slash and mark left visible, we trace the history of the work and reimagine its making. And for we the viewers, these small works inspire us to covet and care for them, like bundles of dog-eared love letters or precious family heirlooms. It’s something about their size, their immediacy, their intimacy—they contain a sense of humanity.

“Intimate: Small Works by 9 Artists” is an exhibition that recognizes the unique power that small works have to make a connection between artist and viewer. On exhibit will be the works of Chicago artists working in a variety of media, and with disparate concerns, but all of whom reveal to us the power of the small.

Dan Oliver, 12/03/2018

Talking milkweed pods haiku 12-13-2018


Haiku week of December 9-2018

sun’s helping
the  cold day that’s waiting
for a sparrow.

windsor blue-green and
rose doré sky, viewed through pines
and bare branches.

mid-morn waiting break–
too much planned, december leaves
shiver and agree.

pink pelicans marched
across december’s
cerulean blue sky

paint paints patience,
unending ideas, and
full breaths for thought

afternoon post line
not too long, allows time
for short reflection

talking milkweed pods
braving chicago’s winter,
dream of spring sprouts…

©2018 Michelle Kogan

Laura Shovan is hosting this weeks Poetry Friday Roundup, thanks Laura! She has a dynamic new book out Takedown, which I’m reading presently and she’s definitely taken me into the web of her two MC’s Mikayla and Lev, a girl and boy who are paired up as wrestling partners.

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Poetry Friday–Origin Poem WIP

Happy Poetry Friday!

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I’m sharing my first Origin poem. It came out of a poetry workshop I was at a few weeks ago at the Poetry Foundation, here in Chicago. The workshop was on research and how poets incorporate it into their poems. Our prompt was to write an origin poem. I’m not sure if this is finished yet–it may be and perhaps I’ll do another one. Time has been sparse. The process has given me lots of ideas for additional areas I’d like to spend time with and write on.

Liz Steinglass is hosting this weeks Poetry Friday Roundup at her blog Elizabeth Steinglass. Be sure to stop by she’s celebrating Hanukkah with her poem THE MENORAH that’s included in “J. Patrick Lewis’ anthology The Poetry of Us.” Thanks for hosting Liz and spreading your poem’s beautiful light!


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Poetry Friday-Giving flowers of Hope

Happy Poetry Friday!

I have been consumed with the unchanging situation of the teens being held, and continuously brought to the Tornillo, TX detention camp, near El Paso. At last count there were 2400 teens between the age of 13 and 17 years that are being held there–some since June. They all came into the US on their own and anticipated being reunited with family already here. They are being kept, hidden away, in a tent city that’s surrounded by a barbed wire fence. They are dressed in a uniform, fed  but allowed hardly any social interaction. I read this as a crime against children, against humanity–I wanted to do something. 

A man named Joshua Rubin has temporarily left his job to hold vigil there outside the detention camp on behalf of these teens. He has a Facebook page that he’s set up with some images of the camp, a couple of things we can do, and lots more info. The Facebook page is Witness Tornillo. 

1 Flowers of hope tornillo tx detention camp 11-2018

december flowers
bring hope and remembrance
to fill your heart.

© 2018 Michelle Kogan

I originally wrote a heart wrenching anaphora poem that I thought I would share–But when I found out that a group is going to be at the internment camp at Christmas, and they are looking to receive 2400 flowers  to represent the 2400 teens that are interned at this camp– I decided to offer you this haiku instead and save my other poem for another platform. Making these flowers is a very small act but sometimes small actions plant seeds and multiply, I’m hoping this will blossom and happen. Perhaps some of the flowers will reach the hands and hearts of the teens inside. Here’s the direct link for Flowers for Children in Tornillo.

The Poetry Friday Roundup is being hosted this week by Carol at her blog Carol’s Corner, thanks for hosting Carol!

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Poetry Friday– “Thankful for the Moon”

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Happy Poetry Friday! I’ve thought over this last week about a few things I’m very thankful for, and here they are in my shape-poem-painting. I did a little hunting around for more info on my dear friend Moon, and here are a few interesting things that “we’d miss if we didn’t have a Moon,” from Science Blogs. Hope all my friends in the US are having a peaceful and thankful Thanks Giving Holiday and weekend amongst friends and family–and I’m sending these peaceful, thankful thoughts out into the air… 

Here’s some sweet moon music to fill your soul with


The poetry Friday Roundup is being hosted this week by the lovely poet and author extraordinaire Irene Latham at her blog Live Your Poem. Be sure to drop by her site for some wonderful poetry and more… Thanks for hosting Irene!


I’m thankful for the moon
that keeps our tides a timely size
and provides our ocean waves.

I’m thankful for the water
that finds it’s way out of the clouds
and feeds flora, fauna, and friends.

I’m thankful for our ocean waves
that splash upon our prairie shores
bringing water to drink, bathe, and play in.

I’m thankful for friends and family,
that hear my voice and hold my heart
wrapped around in love.

© 2018 Michelle Kogan

Thinking about and sending thoughts out to all those in California that have been affected by the wildfires.

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Poetry Friday-Holiday Expos & Etsy Shop

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Welcome to my Holiday Post Extravaganza

with a bit of poetry mixed in too!


Holidays afoot come view my
fine artful fashions,
The images I’ve drawn are sure
to pique your passions.

They’ll sparkle, and they’ll delight you
from morning till night,
Bring those sugary plum fairies
right into your sight.

Melt away your woeful worries
leave you in sweet bliss,
With fine fanciful images
you won’t want to miss.

Settle back in that grand chair, that
one oh so cozy,
Drift away to your dreamland with
thoughts only rosy,

If you care to take a peak, my
wares may amaze you,
I’m poised and properly ready
to fulfill your queue.

© 2018 Michelle Kogan

Here’s some soulful music to ease you into the holidays…

I have artworks available in a few locations. The first one is right at your fingertips, in my online Etsy Shop Michelle Kogan Fine Art. I also have wares at the Evanston Art Center’s 2018 Winter Arts & Crafts EXPO, 1717 Central Street, Evanston, IL. The show runs Saturday November 17th through December 22, 2018 (that’s the image at the top) 

1-mini Archival 3 x5 moon poinsettia reindeer bear hug sage menorah 11-2018  above: mini archival prints 3.5 x 5 inches      

  1-holiday cards from 2017 4 11-2018 above and below: holiday cards

1-Holiday cards new 4 11-2018

For my friends in the Michigan area I  have art at Just B Gallery,  114 N. Elm Street, Three Oaks, Michigan–where they are hosting a Gala event of activities next Saturday, November 24th, from 11 am – 9 pm

1-mini archival 3 x 5 turtles horse dove chinook 11-2018above: more mini archival prints 3.5 x 5 inches  

  1a-Dream bookmark front 4 copyabove: bookmarks

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Wishing you all a very happy beginning of the Holiday Season filled with love and joy!

Linda Baie has a delightful post for this weeks Poetry Friday Roundup, at her blog Teacher Dance.  She’s highlighting a special bedtime book and give away by Rosemary Wells–be sure to drop by. Thanks for hosting Linda!




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Veteran’s Day–diamente poem

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unsung worldwide–
Start celebrating, remembering 
Veteran’s Day Veteran heroes–
Honor, embrace, support 
stalwart, eternal 

©2018 Michelle Kogan

A diamente poem and art for Veterans past and present around our small world.



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#Poetry Friday–Remembering #Kristallnacht


I had a different post planned for today, a sneak peak at what I’ve been working on for the Evanston Art Center’s forthcoming Winter Art EXPO Holiday Show that’s opening next week. But this morning I decided to jettison that and focus on the Anniversary of Kristallnacht. This year is the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht which was an attack on Jewish Humanity. On November 9th and 10th Nazi’s across Germany and Austria attacked Jewish Synagogues and business, “The windows of Jewish shops, businesses and homes were smashed as police stood by during the antisemitic rampage, giving it the name of Kristallnacht(night of broken glass).” (Merkel to address Kristallnacht ceremony at Berlin Synagogue, Harriet Sherwoood, and Louise Osborne, The Guardian, Nov 8, 2018.

I think it’s tantamount that we remember atrocious events in human history such as this, especially since there are so many atrocious events occurring today across our world–as happened so recently in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, PA. I’m looking forward to sharing some of my Holiday post next week-and hoping and working toward some calm across our small planet. I’m thankful for the Blue Wave that washed across my fair prairie state of Illinois and spread out capturing the US House of Representatives.


Remembering today humanity–
Remembering today we all breathe–
Remembering today we all need water–
Remembering today we all need love–
Remembering today acts against humanity–
Remembering today Kristallnact and all
atrocious acts against humanity–

©2018 Michelle Kogan

by Nazim Hikmet



Living is no laughing matter:
	you must live with great seriousness
		like a squirrel, for example—
   I mean without looking for something beyond and above living,
		I mean living must be your whole occupation.
Living is no laughing matter:
	you must take it seriously,
	so much so and to such a degree
   that, for example, your hands tied behind your back,
                                            your back to the wall,
   or else in a laboratory
	in your white coat and safety glasses,
	you can die for people—
   even for people whose faces you’ve never seen,
   even though you know living
	is the most real, the most beautiful thing.
I mean, you must take living so seriously
   that even at seventy, for example, you’ll plant olive trees—
   and not for your children, either,
   but because although you fear death you don’t believe it,
   because living, I mean, weighs heavier.

Read the rest of this poem at Academy of American Poets


Michelle Heidenrich Barnes is hosting  this weeks Poetry Friday Roundup at her blog Today’s Little Ditty. I’m anxiously awaiting what she will unveil for us all on her rich site… Thanks for hosting Michelle!

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Vote Blue November 6, 2018 US Midterm Elections

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Poetry Friday–Vote Blue!

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Vote Blue, Blue Wave Peace Pumpkin, 10-31-2018, Michelle Kogan

Happy Poetry Friday!

Our Midterm US elections are in less than a week. I’m using this opportunity to encourage all US citizens to take part in their civic duty and get out and VOTE, on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 if you haven’t already voted. Let’s keep this Blue Wave in motion. My poem today was inspired by the powerful song Ball of Confusion, by the Temptations, which I also included a video of below. I used the words of their song as a mentor text and made changes. For 3/4’s of my poem you can hum the music from their original song and ad-lib for the remaining lines. 


People standin’ up, people shoutin’ out.
Why, because friggin’ freedom’s gone astray
March, march, march–let your voice be heard.
A life for a life, how low can we go
Cast your vote– change that anecdote
Speak up, sister, speak up.
Well, the only person speakin’ ‘bout truths today are the young’un, oh ya
And the teachers are talk’n “bout guns today instead of books, oh no,
Immigration decimation, healthcare laceration, LGBTQ isolation, women’s rights in violation, gun control alienation.
Ball of frustration–is that where our world is today, hay hay.
Hate crimes, shootings, bullying, booing,
fake news brewing, where’s truth pursuing,
global warming, mobile hoarding… and the drone rolls on–
doo–doo–doo, doo–doo-doo
grab your frustrations, put your hands in motion,
join the voter’s, change the nation
change this ball of frustration– 

into organizing demonstrations, 
doo–doo–doo, doo–doo–doo, 
get out and VOTE and–save our Nation,
change this ball of frustration
to diversity in our Nation,
sing it out, sing it out, sing it out,
Ball of frustration–
is that where our world is today, hay hay. 

© 2018 Michelle Kogan

The Poetry Friday Roundup is being hosted by the delectable hostess Jama Rattigan at Jama’s Alphabet Soup. Be sure to stop by her blog for a delicious posting and more poetry from around the blogosphere. Thanks for hosting Jama!


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#Inktober day 31 & #poem

1-Inktober day 31–Watch out –Halloween-10-31-2018


pick  your potion…
spells in motion, 
eels that squeal
toes with woes,
all’s game that’s lean and green
watch out–it’s HALLOWEEN!

2018 Michelle Kogan

p.s. remember to VOTE!

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