Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The Chapbook — It is Night: Shall We be Together?


It is night:
shall we be together?

Shall we move into the flame
that reaches from your table
to a sky without a breath of God
but for what we make in genesis
when sleep is swept away?

Shall we set birds
and gentle deer
upon the field
where I am utterly undone?

My love,
I did not know
you could bring light so close
I would hunger
at my work
for dark.


— Charles Bane, Jr.


As we count down the final days until Christmas we share this tender poem by Charles Bane Jr. It is Night: Shall We be Together? marks the seventh installment in the serialization of Charles' 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.

Charles is also 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 created 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.