A Shot of Charles


Charles Banks, Jr. (1/17/89 – 4/16/15)

This is the poetry blog of Charles Banks, Jr. Writing as Black Angel and Curiosity, I am a self-published poet and aspiring novelist. This blog is dedicated to my writings. I have written three full-length collections of poetry, “A Rose in the Name of Love,” “Angel’s Passion,” and “The Flower that Wasn’t Meant to Blossom.” Also, I have written a chapbook of poems, “End of the Road.” Currently, I am working on a five-part series of collections of chapbooks of poems titled The Spilt Ink Poetry Collection. My poem A Mother’s Abandon was published online at In Stereo Press: The Audio Zine. Shattered Glass Bottle was included in the inaugural issue of the California-based publication Bank-Heavy Press titled Don’t Forget the Chap Stick. Constant was included in the anthology Collected Whispers. Aftermath was published in the Poets Amongst Us Anthology, published by Aquillrelle. And At My Expense was published in the self-published chapbook, Irony. Beauty of Butterflies was published online at Cadence Collective: Long Beach Poets.

I personally thank anyone who chooses to read my blog! Thanks for the support! Let the written word always thrive!

– Sincerely yours, Charles!

Charles Banks, Jr, founder of Spilt Ink Poetry, was diagnosed with salivary gland cancer in December of 2012. After 9 months of remission, the cancer spread to his lungs and he eventually succumb to the disease. On April 16, 2015, Charles passed away peacefully in his home in Long Beach, CA at the age of 26. He was surrounded by his family and and friends during his final weeks. Thank you to everyone for your love and support. We are all so very heartbroken and deeply saddened. We wished we could have kept Charles much longer. Please stay close. Our family has decided to continue his work by maintaining a forum for other poets to push out their work. Also, Charles had a lot of unpublished work to add to his legacy. These works will be published over time.

~The Banks Family


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