“Charles Hughes can see and say things exactly. In 'Signs,' for instance, 'Blotches of snow in March' look like 'the candle wax / Left over from a party, dirty white / Beneath today’s strong sun.' The subjects of his poems range from the modestly domestic (as in 'Mornings after Thirty-Eight Years,' a portrait of a long, happy marriage) to the gravely historical (as in 'Easter Spoils, 2012,' a moving meditation on the death of Dietrich Bonhoeffer). In the title poem of Cave Art, Hughes speaks of 'dazzling life that . . . still survives as art and evidence,' and this could serve as a description of the book itself.”
Wiseblood Books is delighted to announce the forthcoming publication of our inaugural collection of poems, Cave Art, by Charles Hughes. The collection is available for pre-order before its May 27 publication date HERE.
Greg Williamson finds that "In these beautiful, moving poems [that comprise Cave Art ], Charles Hughes unearths the 'stark, dazzling' artifacts, if you will, of a past that 'still survives as art and evidence,' in the words of the marvelous title poem, the words of a keen, big-hearted observer and a gifted craftsman. Cave Art is a wonderful, rewarding debut." Joshua Mehigan sees these forty poems as being "alive with a thoughtful curiosity and an impartial eye. Charged with the insights of a patiently-led inner life, they amplify the day-to-day particulars . . . [intelligently capturing] the saving importance of love, memory, and language."
Click HERE to learn more about Cave Art and Charles Hughes.
Thank you for reading,
Joshua Hren, Ph.D.