I wander the beach sometimes where men stand with pants rolled,
fishing for shark. And I think I can find you in the wandering night
and set you close and kiss and, as we close our eyes,
make another universe in our private dark. And the sheets
will be like the linens dry upon the air and folded in the light when the
hurricane has gone away. You make words as I do. Make them into wings as I
will and meet me now.
Let me give you strength, again and again as night does; let me
enter into your secret and make it mine. Let me pace to you
again and over and set a step to upper door. We will fly inside. There,
the fishermen cast golden nets and you are a child again and I and you
are mine. Take this: it spills and sings, and looks for night. I rest
until light stirs, and wakes more words. Words, towns of words. A nation
of words to conquer my prize.
— Charles Bane, Jr.
Charles Bane, Jr. believes in the Bar None Group credo espoused by co-founder Russell Rosander, "Art which is not shared withers and dies." To that end, he has graciously allowed us to serialize his 2011 volume of poetry The Chapbook (Curbside Splendor). Join us on this year-long journey as we share and explore Charles' passion — his poetry — with you, our readers, on alternate Tuesdays.
Along with The Chapbook, Charles is the author of Love Poems (Kelsay Books, 2014). His work has been described in the Huffington Post as "not only standing on the shoulders of giants, but shrinking them." He is also the creator of the Meaning of Poetry series for The Gutenberg Project and is a current nominee as Poet Laureate of Florida. A new collection of poetry, The Ends Of The Earth is currently taking shape.
We thank Charles for his continuing contributions.