Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Chapbook — Modo de Dire


Michelangelo
cannot catch his breath.
He says nothing
to his companions.

How do you say,
the dust is numberless lights
that fall in fiery trails
on clothes and hair
and moving hands?

How do you say,
I labor here as the Maker made,
in shrift, a whole that echoes
in my every strike,
and bathes my face in rain?

My hands move in dreams
I cannot show.
Go home, take wine.
My neck lies on David’s
like a brother.


— Charles Bane, Jr.


Talk about timing, in our latest installment of  The Chapbook (Curbside Splendor) by Charles Bane Jr. — Modo de Dire  — we get to recognize the birth date of Michelangelo (March 6) and St. David's Day, March 1.

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.