The End of the Road Interview
With Charles Banks, Jr.
What has driven CURIOSITY to the end of the road?
Charles: The book was set on the premise of Sophia, who is Curiosity’s love interest, breaking up with him abruptly; and the emotional aftermath from his perspective. He isn’t sure why she has decided to leave. He experiences anger, guilt, sorrow, and understanding while trying to make sense of what has happened. In essence, he really tackles his unresolved issues with abandonment.
The reader will notice that CURIOSITY goes back and forth between writing what seems to be very autobiographical accounts and generalized statements to depict a story of heartbreak and loss. How did you balance this?
Charles: At some points it was difficult to balance. On one end, I think it is in a writer’s nature to draw from his/her own experiences. But I wanted this project to be accessible to a diverse range of readers. So I worked with very concrete ideas that I knew were relatable to the average person. In the first portion of the book, the poetry is very compact, short, with generalized references and thoughts. Purposely, I did this because I wanted the reader to recollect on their own accounts (if any) with break-ups. As the book reads on, it becomes more and more autobiographical; probably beginning with the poem From Afar. There are other poems like America’s Next Top Model and Rich Girl that also make reference to my own personal experiences. It just so happens that those are some of the more impressionable pieces in the book.
Does the book have a deeper, more hidden meaning?
Charles: Yes, I think it does. On the surface, the book deals with an abrupt break-up and the emotional fall-out. But when one examines deeper, I think this book deals with the loss of inspiration, the loss of hope. As I read through the finished version of this project, I started thinking about it. I really think Curiosity doesn’t quite know how to react to this disturbance in his life.
Charles: Yes, it’s like being used to a certain routine, or used to certain people being around, and all of a sudden, they’re gone, without reason. They just leave. I think it’s a very real way to react.