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COFFEE WINE & WORDS Poetry

COFFEE WINE & WORDS Poetry

By Chanel
Poems written & recited by Chanel Hardy. Also featuring reads of works from other poets.
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Dear Little Black Girl With The Big Name
My first year in Vegas, I had a call center job for a short time. On my first day they made me pick a nickname, 'Tammy' instead of using my full name, so I would sound more appealing to the people I called. Needless to say that job was crappy anyway, and I didn't last longer than a month. This poem is for all the Black and brown girls who have gone through life in America with unconventional, not-so-normal, or hard to pronounce cultural names. Let them choke on it, but you correct them every single time. 
01:35
August 09, 2021
What If Black Movies?
This poem is featured in The Black Girl Poetry Scrapbook, available on chardypublications.com!
02:18
July 27, 2021
The Blues
This is a poem about Billie Holiday. More of an ode to her career and legacy. If you're familiar with her music, then you might notice that I blended some of her song titles into the verses. I hope you enjoy it!
03:10
May 20, 2021
The Painter
Maybe if more people listened to artists, the world would be a better place. 
01:34
May 06, 2021
The First Mother
This is a poem about mother nature. Cherish the one who gives us life.
01:31
May 05, 2021
Loose Woman
This is a poem written by Mantra Lotus and read by Chanel. It's from her book Brownslip: A loose woman's memoir. Also, check out her podcast 'Hello Goddesses' available on Spotify!
02:22
May 01, 2021
Blue Eyes
Written and read by Chanel Hardy. A poem about assimilating to white beauty standards and how those standards shape our entire existence. 
01:47
April 17, 2021
Stranded
As 2020 comes to a close and we welcome in the new year, here is a reminder that when it comes to our art, nothing is more important than being heard.  Check out this poem and others from my poetry collection, 'I Had a Dream About You' available on Amazon.
01:55
December 20, 2020
All Those Women Back Then
Written and read by Chanel Hardy. A poem about women lost dreams and expectations. 
01:59
October 11, 2020
This Poem is Longer Than Brock Turner's Prison Sentence
Written by Meaghan Curley, Read by Chanel Hardy. Featured in 'Vulgar Wisdoms'.
02:20
September 28, 2020
Sometimes I Look at The Sun
Written and read by Chanel Hardy. Sometimes I look at the sun and realize, that the grass isn't always greener on the other side. Be thankful. And take care of yourself and your loved ones. 
01:41
September 05, 2020
Magnolia
Written and read by Chanel Hardy. In my upcoming novel, 'By The Dawn's Early Light' one of my characters is a poet. I wrote this poem for him. Well, he wrote this poem, for Magnolia. 
02:22
August 30, 2020
We Are Earth
Written and read by Chanel Hardy. I believe that God is a woman, and that woman is us. This is a poem for us. The Black woman.  
01:49
August 26, 2020
Honey
Written and read by Chanel Hardy. Featured in my book of poems 'Sweet Oleander', a poem about what happens when the quality of personal relationships goes past its expiration date.
01:42
August 24, 2020
U Matter
Written and read by Chanel Hardy. This piece is dedicated all the painters, singers and poem slingers that ever felt like giving up. I know being an artist can be mentally and emotionally draining more times than enough, but keep going. There is always someone watching and waiting for your next masterpiece. 
01:45
August 24, 2020
Making Love in Hardcovers
The title is self-explanatory.  *Kisses*
01:43
August 23, 2020
Ain't No Cliffhanger For This Ending
As we all go through this pandemic it seems like the end of days. I know at times I've struggled to focus on my writing. I even ask myself what's the point sometimes? But a creator must create. So I keep pushing on. And I hope you do too. 
01:47
August 22, 2020
Room For A Sinner
Written and read by Chanel Hardy. Featured in 'Sweet Oleander: A Collection of Poetry'. We aren't perfect but we are all God's children. In life and in death, you are loved. 
01:49
August 22, 2020
Spring 2010
Written and read by Chanel Hardy. Featured in 'I Had a Dream About you: A Collection of Poems'. This poem is dedicated to my loving husband Matthew, and to all the memories we share. 
02:04
August 22, 2020
Rolling Blackout
Written and read by Chanel Hardy. Have you ever experienced a rolling blackout? It ain't fun. Especially if you're Black. A poem about being powerless, hopeless, and afraid. 
01:32
August 22, 2020
Women/Bitch; (noun)
Written and read by Chanel Hardy. A poem dedicated to what everything that is 'woman.'
01:46
August 22, 2020