The Ascent Of Feminist Poetry
Charles Bane, Jr. once again takes a route to poetic interpretation that honors the role of small presses in moving poetry toward its most obscure destinies. In this discussion of feminist poetry and its outlier status, Bane explores the rising trend of female poets and what this means to the future of poetry.
Small presses are important because they assume risks the larger publishers want to avoid. They set market trends, and are market rogues. Honest small presses that love the craft want to push boundaries, lift curses, and broaden the creative dialogue. The small press is often overlooked in the long run, and Mr. Bane makes special note of the contributions these presses add to the art of poetry.
This is not so much playing the devil's advocate as giving an emerging poetry a solid analysis and voice. Expect an trenchant look into the next big thing in poetry.
An except of this wonderful discussion is available at HuffPost.
"The Ascent of Feminist Poetry is necessary reading for all who wish to follow the rise of freedom around the globe. This scholar, Charles Bane, Jr., has searched for the voices who give truth a sound and the future a promise. Maybe one day we will have a ballet of these thoughts. And we will all smile. And sing along." - Nikki Giovanni Poet "This book The Ascent of Feminist Poetry is a poem in itself-- beautiful, insightful, carefully chosen, radiant in wisdom and resistance; and heightening and cherishing the invisible." - Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues, performer, activist
The Ends Of The Earth: Collected Poems
"From love to war, and back again, from earth to sky and all the wonders in between...from science to social justice, this collection of poetry encompasses it all, and so beautifully. Your heart will be moved, your mind will be stimulated, and you will find that your world has been enlarged by the reading of these works. I have read this collection several times over, and each time I do, I find my heart soaring again. It is a must read for anyone wishing to love better, learn more, and expand their horizons.. Charles Bane Jr. will truly take you to the "Ends of the Earth" through his collection of poems, and it will be a most exquisite journey." (Transcendent Zero Press )
I Meet Geronimo and Other Stories
I Meet Geronimo and Other Stories is a collection of nine stories written by author and poet Charles Bane, Jr. These tales range from the title story, about a young boy's memorable meeting with the famed Indian chief, Geronimo, when the chief was a member of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, to a thrilling narrative of a man hired to kill a marauding tiger in India. Each story bears the stamp of the author's prodigious story-telling skill as well as his beautiful command of language, his signature skill as a poet.
“If the goal of flash is emotional resonance, the piece is quite a success..” -- Eric Hawthorne, FictionFeed.net
“These stories are short, but oh so rewarding! The ordinary in one phrase turns into the fantastic, we do a double take, and then a flush of recognition. Charles Bane’s shorts stories are simply great fun.” -- Roald Hoffmann, Winner of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry, and author of poetry collections, including Gaps And Verges and Catalista: Poemas Escogidos.
“…insistence for equality and understanding is also manifested in Bane's writing--it is simple, prosaic, and does not sacrifice accessibility in an attempt to gild stanzas with highbrow language. His poems are his readers because his readers are actually able to read them in the first place, which again plays into this idea of connecting with one's fellow man as a means for experiencing divine grace. Indeed, in a genre that has a tendency to praise the esoteric and obscure, Bane's work is gracefully accessible without being gimmicky or immature. Bane's work does not only stand on the shoulders of giants, it shrinks them.” --Patrick Pressl, Huffington Post
"Charles Bane, Jr.'s language transforms human love into glory" --Kimberly Johnson, author, Virgil's Georgics, A New Translation (Penguin Classics)
“Charles Bane, Jr.'s poems made me want to believe in love. To believe not only in the sublime, rhapsodic state, but in romantic expression. The urgency of his words and the freshness and surprise of his language provide an eloquent assertion that Romantic poetry and love poetry are not a historical past” —Ariana Nash, winner of the 2011 Philip Levine Prize for Poetry for her collection, Instructions For Preparing Your Skin
“I like the flavor of your poem 'Forever Now' (opening poem in this volume). My good wishes for more…” —Richard Wilbur, Past U.S. Poet Laureate, twice winner of the Pulitzer Prize
“It is too rare to find good poems of love in our day. Charles Bane, Jr.'s honest, strong poems of love across decades work to repair that.” —Roald Hoffmann, winner of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry and poet.
The Chapbook: Poems by Charles Bane, Jr.
"This insistence for equality and understanding is also manifested in Charles Bane, Jr.'s writing--it is simple, prosaic, and does not sacrifice accessibility in an attempt to gild stanzas with highbrow language. His poems are his readers because his readers are actually able to read them in the first place, which again plays into this idea of connecting with one's fellow man as a means for experiencing divine grace. Indeed, in a genre that has a tendency to praise the esoteric and obscure, Charles Bane, Jr.'s work is gracefully accessible without being gimmicky or immature.
I won't spoil the rest of his chapbook for you, or bog you down with any more explicating, but hopefully you've stuck with my brief examination long enough to see that Bane's work does not only stand on the shoulders of giants, it shrinks them, makes them less daunting and more manageable, and translates their seemingly forgotten ideology into a modern tongue. He accomplishes an extraordinary task in balancing the past with the present, all the while communicating a sense of unison and heartfelt understanding between poet and reader. In a time where we have all seemed to lose sight of one another in pursuit of personal gain, this connection--one that is genuine, unselfish, and even divine--almost seems impossible, something to be admired but never experienced.
Bane seems to believe otherwise, and his work is a testament to the power and beauty of such a connection. More importantly, it is also proof that such a connection exists, suggesting that perhaps we are not fated to be stuck in this mire of fragmentation and that sharing happiness with our neighbor is not only divine, but also possible." -- The Huffington Post