‘Confessions’ now available on Barnes and Noble!

Hey, Followers! Good news, my latest chapbook of poetry, Confessions of a Hopeless Romantic is now available on Barnes and Noble’s online site! Check it out now!

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/confessions-of-a-hopeless-romantic-charles-banks-jr/1120674597?ean=9781312467965

Also, if you’re interested in a copy, I am accepting payments via PayPal. If you’re familiar with the site, just send $12 along with your mailing address to spiltinkpoetry@hotmail.com, and a copy will be mailed to you!

Here’s the synopsis for the book, written by Poet Sonia Di Placido:

“Classic poetic forms combined with the modern confessional of free verse, these poems inhabit succinctly woven rhymes, verses and stanzas while professing the profoundest faith in romantic love–entanglement, desire, erotic sharing and compulsion. This is a “”hopeless confession”” filled with the irony of hope in love. Soft, gentle, fearless and shameless admonitions of losing oneself in the other are no threat. The delusion and sacrifice towards the profession of love remain an insignificant pleasure. The confessions here return to Neruda’s erotic–loss of self parallels and postulates entirety. Love resonates as the opposite of self gratification and self preservation. There are no boundaries. A poet speaks in tandem with the ancient scribes of Egyptian Love Poems–sharing an exotic papyrus of altruistic love.”

*As written by Poet Sonia Di Placido.

Here’s a poem excerpt from the book:

LILY
(For Leslie)

Still magnificent
Is Lily
In spite of this cruel, cruel world.
Even through this depression of sun
And repression of soil,
Lily is still beauty personified.
She always bats her butterfly kisses.
Lily, so graceful
In the aftermath of violent winter’s storm.
I am in her awe.
Gentle and giving
Strong and stern.
Others gather ’round her
They stare with appalling jealousy.
But when I look at her
I do so with lighthearted affection.

© 2014 by Charles Banks, Jr.

Writing as Curiosity

Published by Lulu.com and Spilt Ink Poetry

© 2014 by Charles Banks, Jr. Writing as Curiosity ISBN: 978-1-312-46796-5 Published by Lulu.com and Spilt Ink Poetry.

© 2014 by Charles Banks, Jr.
Writing as Curiosity
ISBN: 978-1-312-46796-5
Published by Lulu.com and Spilt Ink Poetry.

Do You Ponder Me Yet (Writing as Curiosity)

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DO YOU PONDER ME YET?

When the rain ceases to guide
The exclusive waves to your concern,
Do you still ponder my good health?

When the scent of my estranged
Presence is lost in your nightmares,
Do you still ponder my whereabouts?

When the last remnants of ache
Dry upon your dehydrated cheeks,
Do you still ponder my embrace?

When the brave flames of ardor
Tire and powerful crackles resonate,
Do you still ponder my chaste warmth?

When the fine blades of your betrayal
Are nourished by my countless tears,
Do you still ponder my broken disposition?

© 2014 by Charles Banks, Jr.
Writing as Curiosity
ISBN: 978-1-312-46796-5
Published by Lulu.com and Spilt Ink Poetry

© 2014 by Charles Banks, Jr. Writing as Curiosity ISBN: 978-1-312-46796-5 Published by Lulu.com and Spilt Ink Poetry.

© 2014 by Charles Banks, Jr.
Writing as Curiosity
ISBN: 978-1-312-46796-5
Published by Lulu.com and Spilt Ink Poetry.

Confessions of a Hopeless Romantic now available on Lulu.com!

© 2014 by Charles Banks, Jr. Writing as Curiosity ISBN: 978-1-312-46796-5 Published by Lulu.com and Spilt Ink Poetry.

© 2014 by Charles Banks, Jr.
Writing as Curiosity
ISBN: 978-1-312-46796-5
Published by Lulu.com and Spilt Ink Poetry.

 

Good morning, Poets and Poetry Lovers! Today, Confessions of a Hopeless Romantic is officially available over on Lulu.com! And beginning in Mid-November, the book will be available for purchase on Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com! Check it out now!

http://www.lulu.com/shop/charles-banks-jr/confessions-of-a-hopeless-romantic/paperback/product-21839154.html

Here’s the synopsis for the book:

“Classic poetic forms combined with the modern confessional of free verse, these poems inhabit succinctly woven rhymes, verses and stanzas while professing the profoundest faith in romantic love–entanglement, desire, erotic sharing and compulsion. This is a “hopeless confession” filled with the irony of hope in love. Soft, gentle, fearless and shameless admonitions of losing oneself in the other are no threat. The delusion and sacrifice towards the profession of love remain an insignificant pleasure. The confessions here return to Neruda’s erotic–loss of self parallels and postulates entirety. Love resonates as the opposite of self gratification and self preservation. There are no boundaries. A poet speaks in tandem with the ancient scribes of Egyptian Love Poems–sharing an exotic papyrus of altruistic love.”

*As Written by Poet Sonia Di Placido.

Succumb (Writing as Curiosity)

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SUCCUMB

Give in to seduction
Succumb to pleading hands.

Give in to temptation
Succumb to thy neighbor.

Give in to untamed passion
Succumb to newfound ecstasy.

Give in to desire
Succumb to curiosity.

Give in to searing libido
Succumb to thirst.

Give in to the sizzle
Succumb to blazing flames.

Give in to tangled bodies
Succumb upon the balcony.

© 2014 by Charles Banks, Jr.
Writing as Curiosity
ISBN: 978-1-312-46796-5
Published by Lulu.com and Spilt Ink Poetry

© 2014 by Charles Banks, Jr. Writing as Curiosity ISBN: 978-1-312-46796-5 Published by Lulu.com and Spilt Ink Poetry.

© 2014 by Charles Banks, Jr.
Writing as Curiosity
ISBN: 978-1-312-46796-5
Published by Lulu.com and Spilt Ink Poetry.

Petite (Writing as Curiosity)

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Photo Taken from the WEB

 

PETITE

Mighty small, petite mon amie
I wish to approach thee, but you seem
To be so deep in a private thought.
And even if I did, when I’d stand before you,
My mouth would become sewed shut—
I’d hyperventilate, and choke on the whimsical salutation
I wish to whisper to you.
So I remain distanced,
Silently admiring your petite frame of thought.

© 2014 by Charles Banks, Jr.
Writing as Curiosity
ISBN: 978-1-312-46796-5
Published by Lulu.com and Spilt Ink Poetry

© 2014 by Charles Banks, Jr. Writing as Curiosity ISBN: 978-1-312-46796-5 Published by Lulu.com and Spilt Ink Poetry.

© 2014 by Charles Banks, Jr.
Writing as Curiosity
ISBN: 978-1-312-46796-5
Published by Lulu.com and Spilt Ink Poetry.

A Leaf, Dried (Writing as Curiosity)

 

 

Photo taken from the WEB.

Photo taken from the WEB.

 

A LEAF, DRIED

A leaf, dried
Stepped on
Purposely?
Scattered self.

Everything is dried
Parched goods
Loses life.

Heart
Trust
Love.

Hope
Flutters
Deserts.

A companion?
Another leaf dried?

Someone to share in the loneliness.

© 2014 by Charles Banks, Jr.
Writing as Curiosity
ISBN: 978-1-312-46796-5
Published by Lulu.com and Spilt Ink Poetry.

© 2014 by Charles Banks, Jr. Writing as Curiosity ISBN: 978-1-312-46796-5 Published by Lulu.com and Spilt Ink Poetry.

© 2014 by Charles Banks, Jr.
Writing as Curiosity
ISBN: 978-1-312-46796-5
Published by Lulu.com and Spilt Ink Poetry.

October 6, 2014

Hello, Poets and Poetry Lovers! I am excited to announce the release of my seventh book of poems and fourth poetry chapbook on October 6, 2014. It will initially be available on Lulu.com, and starting in November, on Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com. From now until the book’s release, I will be posting poem excerpts on this blog!

Here is the synopsis to the book, written by fellow poet Sonia Di Placido:

“Classic poetic forms combined with the modern confessional of free verse, these poems inhabit a succinctly woven rhymes, verses and stanzas while professing the profoundest faith in romantic love–entanglement, desire, erotic sharing and compulsion. This is a “hopeless confession” filled with the irony of hope in love. Soft, gentle, fearless and shameless admonitions of losing oneself in the other are no threat. The delusion and sacrifice towards the profession of love remain an insignificant pleasure. The confessions here return to Neruda’s erotic–loss of self parallels and postulates entirety. Love resonates as the opposite of self gratification and self preservation. There are no boundaries. A poet speaks in tandem with the ancient scribes of Egyptian Love Poems–sharing an exotic papyrus of altruistic love.”

*As written by Poet Sonia Di Placido.

 

© 2014 by Charles Banks, Jr. Writing as Curiosity ISBN: 978-1-312-46796-5 Published by Lulu.com and Spilt Ink Poetry.

© 2014 by Charles Banks, Jr.
Writing as Curiosity
ISBN: 978-1-312-46796-5
Published by Lulu.com and Spilt Ink Poetry.

A Valentine’s Day Suggestion!

If you’re stumped about Valentine’s Day gift ideas, why don’t you try giving your significant other a copy of “A Rose in the Name of Love” which is better than any ring or bouquet of flowers! Need a little persuasion? Fine! Read the summary: “A Rose in the Name of Love is a collection of poems written by Charles Banks Jr under his two pen names, CURIOSITY and BLACK ANGEL. Featuring Jocelyn Him, A Rose in the Name of Love is a collection of poetry that paints vivid pictures of life’s trials and uncertainties through the eyes of two diverse people. A Rose in the Name of Love is sure to tug on the romantic and honest side of all readers.”
Need more persuasion? Fine! Read an excerpt from the book:
 
Old Love, New Possibilities
 
Life is beautiful
Just like you are.
 
So take the time to smell the
Candles that bless the air with a
Fresh scent.
 
Take the time to splurge a bit…
You deserve it.
 
You’re too beautiful to shed tears
And wallow in self-pity.
 
Take that frown of yours
And turn it upside down.
 
Though your road seems rough
With an emotional roller coaster
The road will smooth out.
 
Your pretty smile that lights
Up a room like a sunflower
In the summertime will shine again.
 
One lover lost and another
May appear. One door closes and
A chapter has finished.
 
Another door opens
And a different chapter is written.
 
Sometimes the signals are
Right under your nose, and the
Handsome frog is leaping in your
Line of sight.
 
© 2008 by Charles Banks, Jr.
Writing as Curiosity
Excerpt from A Rose in the Name of Love
Published by Lulu.com and Charles Banks, Jr.
All Rights Reserved.
 
Finally persuaded you? I knew I would… Here are the link(s) to the book, which is available on Lulu.com and Amazon.com. Prices vary. Happy reading and thanks for supporting love!!!
 
Sincerely yours,
Charles Banks, Jr (Poet/Hopeless Romantic)
Lulu.com: http://www.lulu.com/shop/charles-banks-jr-and-featuring-jocelyn-him/a-rose-in-the-name-of-love/paperback/product-3351138.html
Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Rose-Name-Love-Jocelyn-Him/dp/1435741579/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1391639309&sr=1-3&keywords=A+Rose+in+the+Name+of+Love
A Rose in the Name of Love

All I Possessed After the Fire (Writing as Curiosity)

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The illumination of the blazing fire created
an amber illusion of my sentiments.
Brave firefighters ran into my burning residence,
but it was too late for my possessions.
All had been lost in the amazing house fire,
set ablaze by the unforgiving flames.
 
But one keepsake found a safety net
amongst the mesmerizing inferno.
The surreal image of Sophia’s exit
was that one lasting possession¾
every other had been burned to ash.
 
How could she have turned her back to me,
and showed the backside of her sultry frame?
How could she have been so frigid
as to turn her remorseless cheek to me,
disregarding the extravagance of our history?
 
I was in possession of one hurtful memory,
kept away in a tiny, jagged heart-shaped locket
that hung from a dulled bronze chain on my neck.
 
And as the illumination of the blazing fire
inspired my recollection,
I gripped tightly my one lasting possession.
 
© 2012 by Charles Banks, Jr.
Writing as Curiosity
Excerpt from End of the Road.
Published by Lulu.com in Print and e-book.
 

Untitled (Writing as Curiosity)

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And October will always be the cruelest month,
for it homes the bastard child we conceived,
with a love so impure, it will surely doom our
unborn seed, who was nourished by hurtful deceit,
nurtured in the belly of a Judas.
 
The slit between madness and legibility has diminished;
my solace is restless these days.
It wafts in the drunken air that blows comfort into my poetry,
and drowns in a river of salty sadness.
I have covered the distance between madness and legibility;
and conquered the stripped fields amid,
a space where deprivation is acquainted with normalcy.
 
October will always be the cruellest month…
Now, my words are home where we once stayed together,
Sophie can feel the creases and wrinkles of me—
among my stanzas and around the curves of my honesty.
She listens to my murmurs,
She dwells in the lyrical content of my odes to her perfidy.
I, too, embellish my verses with her deceit.
 
…and October will always be the cruellest month,
for it homes the bastard child we conceived,
with a love so impure, it will surely doom our
unborn seed, who was nurtured in the belly of a Judas.
Now I die once again.
 
Inspired by Baishali Bhaumik Mitra’s Poem “Poems
 
© 2012 by Charles Banks, Jr.
Writing as Curiosity.
Excerpt from End of the Road
Published by Lulu.com in Print and e-book.