Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Charles Bane Jr.'s The Chapbook — Countless Nights

photo © Mark Butkus 2016
Supermoon over Long Beach, California.

Countless nights
I’ve covered you
in clouds and
slept nearby.

I dream
you are stoking stars within
and forming constellations
of a universe
that rushes to my arms.

I dream
history’s unchained and
you and I are
as when I found you,
an island at my center.

Change to
worlds of light,
and tender dreams.


— Charles Bane, Jr.


Countless Nights is a poem that seems appropriate with a supermoon behind us and cooler nights ahead of us. This warming tale of love 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.