Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Charles Bane Jr.'s The Chapbook — Fire


Fire touches fire
and in the meeting
is put out til morning
when we, in bed,
watch it rising from the east.

Such are we and all, B’shert,
from the ticking of the first star.
And all about is rounded and curved
that we might find a pathway home.

All is made for
but a little time of light,
and the light itself
fashioned by love for blazing kind.

Here is the truth, B’shert,
that I read in my twin’s eyes:
this space is all,
this patch for us
between dark and innocent dark.

This waiting bed,
these sheets,
this torch I hold.
Fire comes to fire,
and mimics first light.


— Charles Bane, Jr.


Fire continues our serialization of Charles' 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.