Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Charles Bane Jr.'s The Chapbook — Alexander’s Seizure

photo © Mark Butkus 2019
Our penultimate look inside "The Chapbook."

It is an aloneness,
this malady.
It hurled me
from Bucephalus yesterday.
I fell
—as I lay and
shook upon the fields—
into the sea.

There are always
dolphins waiting;
in beautiful depths
I take a fin and
watch patterns cross the
bodies of my companions
that are cut from
cloaks of waves,
or handsome shields.

I wish the world was watery.
Swords are only flashing schools,
motioning past.
The dolphins turned to shallows
and I cried, but made only bubbles.
I could not call,
“Away from war.
I watched you swim
at twilight once,
and looked on peace.”

— Charles Bane, Jr.

Alexander’s Seizure is the penultimate poem in our serialization of Charles' 2011 volume of poetry, The Chapbook (Curbside Splendor). This has been 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 career encompassing collection of poetry, The Ends Of The Earth was published in 2015.

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. 


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