Saturday, February 6, 2016

Charles Bane Jr.'s The Chapbook — Why?

photo © Mark Butkus 2008

Because the heart is a climbing hill
and you are near its’ rise.

Because you are near when far,
and I feel ever close;

Because bells are not only for towers
but I too as your name knows.

Because forever is a length of string
and neither lets go.

Because the secret self can be given free,
and after, glows inside, whole.


— Charles Bane, Jr.


Why? is the latest installment in the serialization of Charles Bane Jr.'s 2011 volume of poetry The Chapbook (Curbside Splendor). Part of a years-long journey, where we share and explore Charles' passion — his poetry — with you, our readers.

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.