No Vacancy (by Black Angel) New Poem

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No Vacancy

Complacency, can you do me a favor?

Please exit my motel room!

But first, empty your pockets.

Oh, don’t you dare try and deny it!

I saw you slip those little soap bars

Into your denim jeans pockets.

Did you stash the dirty condoms, too?

You better get rid of them!

I won’t have the manager thinkin’ I did it!

Oh, no! Not again!

Pack your shit, already!

Get the fuck out!

Leave me alone!

And take Mediocrity with you,

The cheap little slut.

We had our fun—

Our steamy, sultry

Shoddy, sleazy


©2013 By Charles Banks, Jr.

Writing as Black Angel

Never Haste (by Curiosity) New Poem

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Never Haste

She was warm when I entered her
for the very first time
Life, that is…
My virginity on display
before I journeyed deep
into her unknown depths
for the very first time.
I became familiar with her inner workings,
how to arouse her fire
how to discern her secrets
Life, that is…
But when pain gave way to pleasure
Darkness to Light
Hurt to Ecstasy,
she withdrew from my touch
closed the doors to her moist chambers
and whispered for my virgin ears to hear:
“Remember, never haste.”

© 2013 by Charles Banks, Jr.

Writing as Curiosity

Concrete Promises Q & A

Concrete Promises Q and A
with Charles Banks, Jr.
(Poet, Editor, Self-Publisher)
July 6, 2013

1. The cover of your book, Concrete Promises is a beautiful drawing of two hands intertwined. Who drew it? An old Facebook friend a couple of years ago. I remember connecting with her through our affinities for poetry, and I told her that I was looking for an artist to design the front cover to my book. She told me about some of the sketches she’d been working on and emailed that particular one. I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it!
2. What inspired Concrete Promises? I wanted to write a chapbook of love poems. That’s what I began writing at age twelve. It’s my return to that hopeless, innocent time in my life. When everything seemed to be simple. Adulthood accompanies drama! Love should not involve theatrics.
3. What is meant by ‘Concrete Promises?’ It’s a promise that’s set in stone; it cannot be penetrated by doubt or skepticism. Even though those detriments are often present, attempting to create a tug of war, love prevails. It always will, in my opinion.
4. What’s your favorite poem in Concrete Promises? Timid Lips. That particular poem took two years and ten drafts to complete. It describes vulnerability from the male perspective, a rare thing in today’s society. I wanted to show Curiosity’s vulnerable side. He’s timid to give in to this very new feeling inside of him. He definitely cares deeply about his significant other, but he wonders just how real it is. He eventually succumbs to his emotions and learns to trust.
5. Do you see yourself one day finding this simplistic love that you so eloquently write about in Concrete Promises? I am not sure. Only time will tell, I assume. But I do aspire for as much. My heart does yearn to be loved by someone… genuine love, not the fake stuff that’s bombarded by television and music today. I am also aware of a few personal defects that tend to get in the way at times. Maybe when I become a better man, I’ll find the right woman to grow really old and gray and wrinkly with.



Concrete Promises Update

Good evening, or morning, whatever it may be. I hope your lives are well and good. I am proud to announce that my chapbook, Concrete Promises has sold 30 copies in the first week. If you do not know, I am selling copies from my home at $6.00 a copy. I’d like to thank everyone who has already bought a copy of the book. It was a long, grueling process, filled with low points and high ones. The publication of it is definitely the highest point. I received a review courtesy of Julie Catherine, who graciously read my book and bestowed upon it, kind words. Aside from all things Concrete Promises, I will be celebrating six months cancer-free on the 28th of July. Thanks again to everyone who has sent well wishes my way. I certainly appreciate it. In honor of the landmark moment in my life, I will be posting two new poems Never Haste and No Vacancy. Hope everyone enjoys reading on the 28th! Thanks again everyone!


– Charles Banks, Jr.


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Concrete Promises (Print Version) Available now!

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Ladies and gentlemen, I am glad to announce that my newest chapbook of poetry, Concrete Promises is now available in the print version. I am personally selling copies for $ 6.00 a piece. It has been a long, six-month journey to see this project come to fruition. If anyone is interested in purchasing a copy of this chapbook of love poems, I am available on through my personal profile “Charles Banks Jr.” as well as Spilt Ink Poetry’s fan page “Spilt Ink Poetry.” Inquiries also accepted at I’d like to thank everyone who has continued to visit my blog and support my work.


– Sincerely Yours, Charles Banks, Jr.

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