Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Chapbook — There Is No Safety


There is no safety
beyond these walls;
but here you are
enclosed in all of me
and all I waited for
before the grace of you
appeared.

I know the length of
winter snow on lighted panes
like stretching arms
that turn to fragments
in the cold.

I watched them fail
and promised myself
that you would come,
and find me whole.


— Charles Bane, Jr.


Reminding us that winter is not without hope, There Is No Safety by Charles Bane Jr., is a poetic cup of hot cocoa. The ninth installment in the serialization of Charles' 2011 volume of poetry The Chapbook (Curbside Splendor) is part of a year-long journey as we share and explore Charles' passion — his poetry — with you, our readers, twice monthly.

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 and wish him well in the publishing of a collection of short fiction entitled, For Whom The Bell Tolls: The Sequel And Other Stories.