Greetings poets, poetry lovers, followers, and casual readers! Hope all is well. I have an announcement! On January 17, 2014 (59 days away), I will be self-publishing my sixth collection of poetry (my third chapbook ). Burdens, written as Black Angel and Curiosity explores some of the unwanted burdens one carries throughout life. The book will be distributed as a PDF file to anyone that is interested in reading. All you have to do is send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org stating that you want to be on the “Burdens Chapbook” E-mail list!
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Respectfully yours, Charles Banks, Jr.
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.
Link to Concrete Promises Review: http://juliecatherinevigna.wordpress.com/2013/07/16/review-of-concrete-promises-a-poetry-chapbook-by-charles-banks-jr/
Grain of Hope
I am going to run
through the waves of the ocean
that glaze each grain of sand
into the waiting arms
of my beach-blond crush
without care or worry
or thoughts of dying young.
Cancer will fade like the setting sun
and only the two of us will remain
with the seagulls.
© 2013 by Charles Banks, Jr.
Writing as Curiosity
May the World See Me
To the bone.
Let them see the
Intimate scars on the blank
Canvas of my decomposed self—
Each imperfection, each tainted loin.
My penis is erect—
Attention turns me on.
Let the beach-blond beauties
Of the world see me for me.
To the bone.
by Black Angel