Thursday, June 4, 2015

Charles Bane Jr.'s The Chapbook — Blackfoot Camp

photo © Mark Butkus 2014
Two Medicine Territory, 1870

You must go from here.
This is not good.
There was a raid today.
Many times I counted coup.

But where I should have seen an enemy,
I saw you and my face was soft.
You must go away.
But then I would follow I think
to fold grasses for your sleep.

I see you gone and I cannot breathe,
it stops inside like winter.
It is not my way.
Why are you more than the space that makes me ache?

You have the favor, I think, of the wavering sounds
and light at end of day,
and of ancestors who linger at its edge
to hear our whoops before they wave.

I cannot think of horses or plans or blood.
You warm my hands in dreams of fire.
You delight me as the bird
that stops the silence of the night.

I go, to walk and seek the counsel of water.


— Charles Bane, Jr.


Blackfoot Camp, Two Medicine Territory, 1870 is the latest installment in the serialization of Charles Bane Jr.'s 2011 volume of poetry The Chapbook (Curbside Splendor). Part of a year-long journey, where we share and explore Charles' other 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.