The Many Faces of Father Goose



Charles Ghigna
Photos
1972-2014




with daughter, Julie
Fort Myers, FL
1972







Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL
1973






Birmingham, AL
1974







Huntsville, AL
1976









Homewood, AL
1977








National Writers Conference
Denver, CO
1978









Alabama State Poetry Society
Arlington Home
Birmingham, AL
1978









with poet Robert Hayden
Library of Congress
Washington, DC
1978









with poet Robert Hayden
Montogmery, AL
1979









Linn Park
Birmingham, AL
1980








Baylor School for Boys
Chattanooga, TN
1982










with James Baldwin
Alabama School of Fine Arts
Birmingham, AL
1982










at my grandmother's funeral
New York City
1982











Alabama School of Fine Arts
Birmingham, AL
1984







Homewood, AL
1987











with son, Chip
Homewood, AL
1992










with Pat Gauch, Jon Agee, Eric Carle
University of Southern Mississippi
Hattiesburg, MS
1997











Homewood, AL
1999









Jonathan Benton Bookstore
Mountain Brook, AL
2003







with wife, Debra
Jefferson County Board of Education
Birmingham, AL
2005





with Honey in the Treehouse
Homewood, AL
2006







with granddaughter, Charlotte Rose
Toys R Us
Birmingham, Al
2011









with Charlotte Rose at the Birmingham Zoo
Birmingham, AL
2012









with Charlotte Rose in the Treehouse
Homewood, AL
2012











at the Homewood Library
Homewood, AL
2012













Texas Library Association
Dallas, TX
2013






with Rebecca Davis, Charles Waters, Amy VanDerwater, Rebecca Kai Dotlich
Texas Library Association
Dallas, TX
2013






with grandson, Christopher
Seattle, WA
2013









with Deborah Fout at the Christmas Parade
Homewood, AL
2013









with daughter, Julie at the top of Vulcan
Birmingham, AL
2014






Cap Nap

"Janice" by Chip Ghigna
One-line ink drawing on paper

Cat Nap

Love sat
in my lap
like a cat
in a nap

and it was fun
to slowly run
my fingers there
and everywhere

to pet her fur
to hear her purr
to give her cream
inside my dream


©Charles Ghigna





Birmin'ham

"Magic City"
Oil on Canvas, 30" x 40"

Birmin'ham

There’s a magic town down in Alabam’
Goes by the name of Birmin’ham.


Lives in the valley where the iron ore lies,
A shinin' city with crimson skies.

Up on the mountain there’s a steel-made man,
Sixty-feet tall with a torch in his hand.

He casts his spell of magic that keeps the city strong,
Like an old-time gospel singin' of Alabama's song.

Birmin'ham, Birmin'ham,
The magic city in Alabam'
No better city in all the land,
The magic city called Birmin'ham

©Charles Ghigna




Artists Are Children


Artists Are Children

Artists are children
Naive as a pup;
Artists are children
Who never grew up.


©Charles Ghigna



Hands That See



Hands That See

          for Chip

Your hands see
your eyes feel
fantasies
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



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.


"The Veiled Nun" 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.

©Charles Ghigna

Love is a Rose

"Charlotte's Heart" by Chip Ghigna
Acrylic on canvas




Rose Garden

         for Debra

Love is a rose,
Each petal a kiss;
I give you my garden
And more than this.

I give you my heart,
A blossom made new
By the love of my life
In the sunshine of you.

And if you permit me
This Valentine's Day,
I give you my garden,
My endless bouquet. 


©Charles Ghigna