Two Days Left…

Happy Sunday, all! There’s only two days left to get a signed copy of Concrete Promises, my romantic chapbook of poetry at the holiday price of $5.00! Head on over to eBay or send payments via Paypal to spiltinkpoetry@hotmail.com!!!  http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=121244318324
– Charles Banks, Jr.
Here’s an excerpt from Concrete Promises:
HER VOICE, THE GENTLE SPRING RAIN

Her voice is the gentle spring rain,
Brushes of wind against the pure white sails
On the sailboat I made with my own bare hands.

Her voice is the ocean’s serene waves
Masturbating each grain of my anxiety;
Strokes of heavenly bliss as the illicit
Moans of pleasure escape the depths of pain.

Her voice is a timid lover’s sweaty palm,
A warm embrace I feel against
My cheek whenever I blush with doubt.

Her voice is the gentle spring rain,
Tears upon the window pane as
I stare below at the silhouette of a goddess
Departing into the midnight’s obscured lights.

Her voice is like sounds of 6:00 AM,
Love birds chirping in a nearby tree,
Tea kettles whistling on the stove,
A tender lover’s good morning salutation.

© 2013 by Charles Banks, Jr.
Writing as Curiosity

Excerpt from Concrete Promises
Published by Spilt Ink Poetry

Concrete Promises (Cover)

Bittersweet Blizzard (Writing as Black Angel)

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Photo taken from the WEB

 
Bittersweet Blizzard
 
Such chaotic intrusions—
 
Loud voices
Antagonize me
With the intent to dispirit.
 
An abrupt suspension—
 
Hushed voices
Soothe me
With a massage of comfort.
 
© 2013 by Charles Banks, Jr.
Writing as Black Angel

Concrete Promises: $5.00 Now through the New Year!

Concrete Promises, the first installment in the Spilt Ink Poetry Collection, is on sale for a discounted $5.00 per book price now until January 1, 2014! You can purchase the e-book version over on Lulu.com or search “Concrete Promises” on eBay.com. You can also pay through Paypal.com for signed printed copies. Just send payments to spiltinkpoetry@hotmail.com and leave your mailing address! Also, if you purchase two copies at $5.00, one comes free! Shipping is free… of course!

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Concrete Promises: By Charles Banks, Jr. (Writing as Curiosity). Published by Spilt Ink Poetry; July, 2013.

Concrete Promises: By Charles Banks, Jr. (Writing as Curiosity). Published by Spilt Ink Poetry; July, 2013.

Head Above Water (Writing as Curiosity)

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     Photo taken from the WEB
 
 
Head above Water
You’ve seen me at my absolute worst
You’ve seen my obvious imperfections
You’ve seen me at rock bottom.
 
Now see me clean and smitten for life!
 
You’ve seen me slip on banana peels
You’ve seen my shaky judgment
You’ve seen me make alleyway transactions.
 
Now see me clean and smitten for life!
 
You’ve seen me fall prey to pills
You’ve seen my demons firsthand
You’ve seen me in my beggar’s state.
 
Now see me clean and smitten for life!
 
You’ve seen me throw around denial
You’ve seen my waned confidence
You’ve seen me at my absolute dirtiest.
 
Now see me clean and smitten for life!
 
© 2013 by Charles Banks, Jr.
Writing as Curiosity

The Truth (Writing as Curiosity)

 
 
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Photo taken from the WEB

 
The blood gushing from civilian stomachs
each picture taken, a sickening moment
each cover-up, a testament to
America’s Underground Railroad.
 
The bombs bursting in air
America’s good fortune is threatened
even America plays by its own rules.
 
Innocent children become fatherless
consumed by constant relentlessness
victims of foreign bombing.
 
© 2009 by Charles Banks, Jr.
Writing as Curiosity
Excerpt from “The Flower that Wasn’t Meant to Blossom”
Published by PublishAmerica, LLLP.
The audio performance of this poem can be found here: http://www.reverbnation.com/blackangelcuriosity?page_view_source=facebook_app
Published by PublishAmerica, LLLP.
Published by PublishAmerica, LLLP.

On the Doorsteps (Writing as Curiosity)

 
Constantly knocking
constantly falling short
constantly coming up short of my goal
constantly fighting acceptance
a constant disapproval I let get me down
constantly wearing a depressed face.
 
Constantly walking without any sense of direction
a constant downpour of pain and suffering, deception and deceit
constantly settling for no Bianca
constantly having no sunshine in my city
constantly settling for last place no more!
 
© 2009 by Charles Banks, Jr.
Writing as Curiosity.
Excerpt from “The Flower that wasn’t Meant to Blossom”
Published by PublishAmerica, LLLP.
 
The audio performance of this piece can be heard at: http://www.reverbnation.com/blackangelcuriosity?page_view_source=facebook_app
 
Published by PublishAmerica, LLLP.
Published by PublishAmerica, LLLP.