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The Chapbook: Poems by Charles Bane, Jr. Paperback – July 2, 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 84 pages
  • Publisher: Curbside Publishing (July 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983422818
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983422815
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,438,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Casey Dorman on March 30, 2015
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I chanced upon this book when reading short stories by the author. His gift for controlling the sentences in his narrative made me curious about his poetry, for which he is much better known than his fiction. The Kindle edition of The Chapbook is only $2.99, so I decided to have a look. I was amply rewarded. The majority of poems are about love, two-person, deep, loyal and wise and wondered love, but there are others about a lost son, a native American, Harry Truman as a child, Shakespeare, the earth, a homeless veteran… The language and flow of these poems is uniformly beautiful, sometimes haunting, often touching the reader, or at least me, with phrases that strike a resonant chord as in these lines from ”Isn’t it Amusing?”

Do you know I love those hands
most tenderly when they’re making
tea? and then, again, in the middle
of the night when you touch my arm
and, wordless, ask me to begin a ballet.
You know, i think making love to you
starts in the music of steps in snow
or your look into your purse for a lozenge
when my mouth is dry. Yes, that’s the flag
that’s the pointing daystar.

Or the unforgettable opening lines of “The Two.”

I think when God
walked shy to Moses,
stars clustered in his hands,
he led our rabbi down
to the orchards of the heart.

The Chapbook is an amazingly rewarding book, elegantly designed, superbly illustrated by Isabelle Prunea
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Woo on June 22, 2011
Format: Paperback
Charles Bane, Jr. is one of the greatest poets of our generation. Bane has the intensity of Hecht yet turn the page and find yourself transported to another world absorbed in the sensuality of a waiting lover.
The Chapbook exhibits what is known to those who are familiar with Bane's work and what makes him a great poet. His soulful effortless ability to draw you in and keep you wanting more.
Curbside Splendor Publishing's collaboration with designer Karolina Faber and illustrator Isabelle Pruneau was the perfect compliment to the unique poetry that is
Charles Bane, Jr.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J from NY VINE VOICE on August 14, 2011
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Florida based poet Charles Bane Jr's collection, simply titled "The Chapbook", is one of the finest collections of poetry (and by that I mean chapbook or volume I have seen emerge in 2011. With gorgeous illustrations by artist Isabelle Pruneau and a simple bold typeset, the modesty of the book's design is deceptive--Bane Jr. is the real thing.

These sparse, compact gems of exaltation and joie de vivre remind one strongly of a more earthy Rene Char or a poetry collection by a happier Camus. Bane's rejection of transcendence is tempered by a reverence for all of human life--particularly that of the Beloved, his partner in human life. "I watch your lovingness/sweeping sheets in an ancient rite/appearing from the sea. My darling, I break on thee.." ("Midnight).

An Emersonian optimist with a realistic appraisal of the horrors of the world emerges in the work as well: in "The Sabbath Bride", an amazing piece in which the poet simultaneously celebrates the Beloved and describes a graphic encounter with an anti-semite, and in "My Old School" (accompanied by a beautiful illustration by Isabelle Pruneau) he celebrates existence even as he poignantly describes the death of a man in a Nazi concentration camp. The juxtapositions of Beauty and Destruction are not for one moment unbelievable or pretentious.

These 68 poems are finally the work of a man who has lived as a man, amongst war, amongst chaos, amongst so much of which our current postmodern poetic public would have us bow our heads and sob in despair. The response of Charles Bane Jr. is one of a man living another planet from these poets: "Celebrate!", he says along with Rilke. "Do not be moved!" An essential for any lover of poesy which is not a dance of despair, but a celebration of what is and possibility.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Donavan on September 9, 2011
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I can only tell you that if you take the chance and add this to your collection, you won't be sorry. Just do it. Lovely words, full of emotion that will speak to your soul and artwork that is a feast for the eyes create a complete vision that you'll want to see, feel and read over and over again.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Clara Macri on May 4, 2012
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The Chapbook , whose author I represent, has received enormous acclaim, including a front page feature in the Huffington Post. This tacky "review" can be ignored: dogs bark when elephants walk by.
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